Our lobbying team must identify who is most influential on the issue, both for and against animals, to make major changes. The next step is establishing or reconnecting with these people at the right time. We ensure that we have persuasive arguments supported by evidence and technical expertise.
So looking for entry points means identifying opportunities and elevating issues. This will allow us to show influencers why we care about animals and how it will benefit their country, company, or organization. These are key factors that determine success. Our advocacy and lobbying teams ask: “How can I get animals involved in a political or commercial issue, into the specific debate and process being discussed?”
It is crucial to have strong, respectful relationships. These relationships are developed over time and can be used tactically and persuasively. We aim to establish relationships with people interested in the animal welfare issue we are promoting and have some influence over it. We can help animals by maintaining positive relationships.
We will show a politician how one situation can lead to horrible conditions for animals. We will discuss the negative consequences of poor animal welfare and how to fix it. The team will then make recommendations based on evidence-based research to improve the situation or find a solution.
Change your perceptions
It isn’t easy. Many politicians, ambassadors, global leaders, and businesspeople may not place animal welfare at the top of their agendas. Many of these people may see animals as commodities and are not aware of the suffering they are causing. Once politicians and corporations see animal welfare as a solution rather than a problem, they will be able to see the importance of protecting animals in a new light. With our support, they often want to work towards solutions protecting animals and people.
Our advocacy and lobbying experts look calmly and logically at the agendas and needs of the decision-makers we wish to influence. They then present ways animal welfare can benefit their company, organization or country. They pay off.
They have made it possible for the UN to ensure that the protection of animals and livestock from natural disasters is a part of every country’s disaster risk reduction strategy.
We also stressed that humanely managing dog populations would be the most cost-effective and effective way to safeguard people’s health. The UN will now focus on vaccinating dogs and not killing them. This will protect millions of animals. This will save approximately 60,000 lives each year.
Take your time and be there
It can take time for ground-breaking changes to be made in the advocacy and lobbying world. Because organizations and governments have many layers and approval systems, it can take time to make these changes. Perhaps the timing isn’t right for the particular issue we are working on.
We are the only international animal welfare organization with general consultative status at the UN because of our reputation as an experienced, respected and expert organization. We can attend important meetings, and our opinion is highly valued.
Our work is based on building relationships, forging new ones, and being there. Our experts ensure that we are present at all key meetings and can be counted on to contribute. We offer solid arguments based on evidence and provide solutions to the concerns of those we wish to influence.
The role of championing countries is crucial in moving the political process forward. This can often be done through regional bodies such as the UN or organizations like the G20. They don’t have to be large nations like China, Russia, and the make a difference for animals. It can significantly impact smaller countries by developing relationships with them. They can be valuable allies. They can make statements at important meetings and encourage others to listen and take action by introducing new ideas and solutions.