One Health- the WSPA Approach

Mark Kennedy, Frances Abson, Margaret Balaskas, Michelle Clark, Nicole Fassina


The One Health principle holds that human health is closely linked to animal health and welfare. Consequently, the development of integrated responses to global public health challenges is required. WSPA believes that global adherence to animal welfare principles will be instrumental in preventing emerging infectious diseases, including zoonotic diseases, from occurring, and thus help stop these diseases inflicting serious resource strains on national and international health services. We work with governments, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations and communities to ensure positive solutions are put in place for animals and people alike. These solutions include; working to control the transmission of canine rabies to people through sustainable mass dog vaccination programmes; preparing communities for disasters so that both their own and their animals’ welfare is protected; and addressing the role that better welfare standards for wildlife play in the spread of zoonotic diseases.


Animal Welfare, Animal Health, Human Health, Rabies, Disaster Preparedness, Wildlife Trade

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