Science has provided evidence that animals are sentient beings and has demonstrated their emotional, cognitive and behavioral capacities

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2018-12-05 14:01 GMT+8

From when I was a little girl, I have had a deep compassion for how animals are treated and how we take care of them.  A passion that was instilled in me by my parents who taught me the values and importance of showing empathy and compassion for all sentient beings.

My name is Tina Terblanche a British Citizen based in Ulaanbaatar due to my husband’s work. I have worked with animals most of my adult life working in South Africa as an Animal Welfare Inspector and Chairperson for the SPCA-Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, manager of a project breeding disease-free buffalo and working in veterinary clinics in the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and Cyprus all the while gaining invaluable knowledge and skills that have served me well throughout my career in animal welfare.

For the past eight months I have facilitated a visit for the Head of RSPCA International (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Paul Littlefair and David Coggan RSPCA Humane Education Consultant who are scheduled to arrive in Mongolia on Sunday 9th December 2018 to commence a five-day first-time exploratory visit to Ulaanbaatar.

RSPCA dates to almost 200 years ago when in 1822, United Kingdom became the first country in the world to have a Law passed by the Houses of Parliament - an Act to prevent the cruel and improper treatment of cattle. In 1824 the world’s first animal welfare charity was founded which later in 1840 was granted its Royal status by Queen Victoria to become the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as it is known today. To date RSPCA is one of the world’s oldest and largest animal welfare organizations and one of the largest charities in the United Kingdom.

RSPCA International develop and deliver animal welfare education programs to schools, universities and community groups educating children, students, professionals, school heads and teachers. Working with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Environment supporting and providing resources on farm animal health, wildlife conservation management, animal welfare management, stray animal, research and laboratory animals, food and public safety and sustainable agriculture and environment.

This exploratory visit will include meetings with Government officials including Ministers as well as animal related NGO’s and heads of schools and universities. RSPCA International look forward to this opportunity to share their experiences and explain the science of their educational process gathered through existing Animal Welfare Education programs that they carry out in around 20 countries across Europe, Africa and Asia including China, Taiwan and Korea.

Science has provided evidence that animals are sentient beings and has demonstrated their emotional, cognitive and behavioral capacities proving that animals experience feelings as well as the ability to suffer emotionally and physically through cruel or unkind treatment. Animals across the world are valued components of communities providing food, clothing, companionship and transportation and in Mongolia animals are not only economically but also culturally and traditionally very significant. They are among the leading elements that define Mongolian identity and life style. Societally such important, they constitute a major source of national income. Therefore, education about and arrangements for animal welfare are prominent for Mongolia and Mongolians.

Animal Welfare Education develops an understanding of animal sentience which will help to facilitate positive attitudes and behavior towards animals.

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Ahmet Yazal the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey for his invaluable assistance, advice and support in this project and for opening his doors of the Turkish Embassy to conduct the meetings. And to the Kempinksi Hotel Khan Palace for generously and kindly offering sponsorship of accommodation and breakfast for the RSPCA International Officials.

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