International Cat Care was delighted to award Pei Su from ACTAsia with the International Cat Care Cat Welfare Award for 2017 during this year’s Ceva Welfare Awards on 5th April in Birmingham. The Award recognises the charity teams, charity vets and staff and volunteers who do so much to improve animal welfare.
Pei Su founded ACTAsia in 2006, a registered non-profit organisation with staff and volunteers working from offices in China and other parts of the world. Many of its staff, advisors and volunteers have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of animal welfare and humane education, and benefit from training by leading international animal advocacy organisations.
Asia is vast and not understood by many western welfare organisations. In many places animal welfare is in its infancy, but in others it is growing fast. There are numerous issues which can be raised and attract much media attention, such as the dog and cat meat trade and bear bile farms. However, Pei Su, chief executive of ACTAsia understands that to make lasting and widespread change, education is key. The challenge for an educational charity is to make its voice heard in among those that work directly in the field. However, in the short time that ACTAsia has been in existence, this small charity has introduced a ‘Caring for Life’ programme which teaches children not just compassion for animals, but integrates the ethos into compassion and empathy for humans and the environment, making it more acceptable in schools and encouraging individuals in Asia to take action through compassionate lifestyle choices. The charity also has a ‘Cure with Care’ programme which is raising standards in veterinary care in China through training, and teaching neutering to help vets control numbers of unwanted companion animals and also protecting against rabies. These programmes are well thought out and are laying the foundations for better welfare in Asia.
The International Cat Care award recognises someone who is working on all levels, from hands-on welfare to collaborative work with governments and non-government organisations to try and bring a cohesive approach to welfare (and recognises how difficult that is!). International Cat Care has supported some of ACTAsia’s veterinary training work in the past and also recognises the thought and determination required to get welfare included in some school curriculums. Congratulations to Pei and her team for the work of ACTAsia.