Maureen K. Luvanda
Academic field: Infection and immunology
Award category: PhD Holder
Title: “Situational analysis of farm animal cruelty in large farms, general community and in relevant government authorities operating In Kenya”
Keywords: Farm animal welfare. Livestock farmers practices. Government legislations and regulations. Kenya.
What We Learned From It:
- There are legislation and policies in Kenya that are relevant to farm animal welfare. Various Kenyan laws and policies that prohibit animal cruelty do exist, and offences
- The main reasons why farm animals in the country are not handled and treated well, based on applied qualitative methods which include semi-structured interviews and
observations of usual everyday activities of farmers at 126 large and small farms, veterinarians, front-line workers such as herdsmen, academic experts, and government
- Many farmers in Kenya do not understand the fundamental meaning of animal welfare. They do not have specialized training in animal welfare, and are not aware of existing
- African culture, religion, pre-established practices, community involvement, economic strength appear to play a great role in influencing how farmers in Kenya handle their
- To improve the situation: 1. Implement comprehensive programs targeting farmers and other front-line workers in the livestock sector to help them gain a deep understanding
of government regulations concerning animal welfare. 2. Engage with policymakers and advocacy organizations to generate and foster strong policies that promote welfare and
eliminate cruelty to farm animals.
Some of the Things We Really Liked when We Read the Application
- Paths that different countries can take to improve the treatment of farm animals vary signficantly, especially when comparing countries with well-established animal welfare regulations
and those without. That is why in order to move the needle one has to understand the unique position and standing that animal welfare holds in each country. This application is aimed at
clarifying the situation in Kenya – a country we think those tackling farm animal welfare in Africa are interested in learning more.
- The applicant works at a livestock research institute in Kenya and have access to colleagues in the country whom she can consult.