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Program Goal

To contribute towards full, efficient and effective implementation of the Animal Welfare Act of 2008 and Vet Act No. 16 and 17.

Why it matters

ASPA is working to promote the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act (2008) and other supporting legislation such as the Vet Act No. 16 and 17. These legislations provide a framework to safeguard and ensure humane treatment of animals. They also set forth the tools and structures to guarantee wider community engagement in protecting and enforcing animal rights.

As noted before there is low interest among the policy makers and law enforcers on issues of animal welfare. This also means animal welfare is not prioritized in setting of district plans and budgets therefore more advocacy is needed in this regard.

How we will do it

Under Advocacy, ASPA will advocate for Animal welfare to be included in regional district plans and budgets of Arusha from 2016 onwards (enabling the Animal Welfare Act of 2008 and Vet Act No. 16 and 17) . This will be done through;

 Increased/ sufficient budget allocation in district budgets on addressing animal welfare; on this, ASPA will lobby and sensitize local government authorities and make a case for increasing resource allocation on animal welfare and rights priorities. Other actors and the community will also be involved to ensure programmes developed are pertinent to local needs and the prevailing situation,

• Functional regional/ district level committees on animal welfare is/are in place by 2018; this will be in support of creation of a national level council on animal welfare as ascribed in the animal welfare act of 2008. ASPA will be working to establish regional level structures to ensure animal welfare priorities and needs receive collective attention and action from all actors,

• Sufficient and well equipped (and funded) animal welfare inspectors are in place in each of the LGAs in Arusha by 2020; this will be done through lobbying and advocacy efforts engaging inspectors, LGAs and development partners to strengthen existing structures, develop clear plans and secure resources.


Key outputs

The following are the expected outputs from this programme area;

• Increased knowledge among policy makers and leaders on animal welfare issues

• Lobbying and monitoring of district plans and budgets on animal welfare conducted from 2016

• District Inspectors (Animal) and other animal welfare practitioners in all districts in Arusha are well informed on the legal issues related to animal welfare.

• LGAs in Arusha develop and adopt bylaws/ regulations on animal welfare.

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