Monthly Archives: June 2024

Conference 2024 – Next Steps

BARTA concluded our conference “Global Solutions to Tackle Local Issues” which was attended by 100 delegates from across the world. This was the first time the international community has met in person since California in 2017. Picking up on the key outcomes from the last conference and considering the accelerating impact of climate emergencies, the outcome of this conference is the first step in creating an International Community of Practice, designed to support each other in responding to community events affecting people and animals, to strengthen and develop our local initiatives. More details will follow, but here is an update from BARTA’s Josh Slater.

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BARTA Response to Recent Cow Incident

The recent incident involving a police responder immobilising a young heifer with a vehicle has caused outcry from many quarters. Viewing this approach looks terrible and it undoubtedly is. But it is not the first time that UK police have been criticised for the way they dealt with loose animals.* With that in mind, there is clearly an opportunity to identify why these situations are occurring and support our emergency responders in bringing animal incidents to a safe conclusion in the most appropriate and proportionate way. A key role of BARTA is to work with response agencies and emergency planners to identify foreseeable situations where animals and people are placed at risk and provide effective solutions through awareness, training and a collaborative approach to incident resolution. BARTA exists because there is no clear mandate or framework which recognises non disease … Continue reading

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