|Friday, 08.09.2023 10:50-11:30 Central European Time (CET) Room A|
|Improving animal welfare in Bali through local wisdom approach|
|Agra Utari via Zoom|
Bali Dogs, which we call them, are indigenous dogs that have lived in Bali, Indonesia, for 16,000 years. Their images have been portrayed in Balinese paintings and written in scriptures, fables, and mythologies. Not one household in Bali that does not own a dog. Owning a dog is within the community's nature, although they are not considered companion animals. This nature, combined with overpopulation, caused much suffering that outside people might see as cruel. Rooted in overpopulation, the issue expands into transmittable diseases (rabies, mange, TVT), dog meat consumption, neglect, and abuse. Yayasan Seva Bhuana was established in 2016, initiated by the all-local-women group, who share the same concern on improving this without jeopardizing the relationship that is unconsciously built between the dogs and the community. Through the local wisdom approach and our two programs, subsidized sterilization (spay/neuter) and education, we provide accessible options for the community to improve the animal welfare condition, one dog at a time.