One Health – The Health & Well-being of Animals, People and the Environment – All inter-linked
Considering the needs of animals, humans and the environment is a theme that is up and coming in our society and also known as “One Health”. This model recognizes that the health of animals, humans and the environment are intertwined and inter-dependent.
This concept is age-old and obvious to indigenous native people who live off the land for example Bushmen, Native American Indians and Eskimos. They know that if they over-use their resources with over-fishing or depleting animal or environmental supplies it will have a negative impact on them too. One Health is also well-known amongst conservationists where there is a greater understanding that if endangered species are to be saved they need to have their natural environment preserved and have the local community of people involved in helping.
Science has shown that there is a link between animal abuse and domestic violence and Mahatma Gandhi said “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. There is also research showing the tremendous benefit that animals have to human health and well-being and some work places are now encouraging pets to come to work!
Our environment and animals in our community deserve our respect and care, without this commitment our human well-being will ultimately suffer.