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WSPA announces new Director General
Peter’s retirement marks the end of a very successful chapter for the organization, during which WSPA saw massive growth and development – not just in size, but in capacity and ability to influence policy and legislation worldwide. Peter Davies said, “When I reflect on my time here, there is much WSPA has to be proud of – not least our creation of this truly global animal welfare movement. Today, WSPA has a presence in over 150 countries around the world and the commitment displayed by every member of this alliance has allowed for some truly impressive achievements – the sound of so many voices speaking on individual issues has been a powerful tool for advancing global animal welfare.” Through partnership with hundreds of member societies we strive to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

EBay amends policy to prohibit pet sales on Korean website
At the end of 2010, WSPA and member society organization Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) approached eBay to share concerns about pets being listed for sale on the company's website in Korea. Additionally, eBay is putting monitoring efforts in place to detect and delist future attempts to post pet listings. We thank WSPA for bringing this issue to our attention and working collaboratively with us. After examining these concerns, we decided that a complete ban on pet sales in Korea was the best way to ensure compliance of our sellers with local law and make our policies more consistent across our global marketplace platforms.”

Asia Pacific Disaster Update: WSPA responds to animal emergency
The World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) disaster response team has been able to relieve the suffering of hundreds of animals caught up in the natural disasters in Asia Pacific through the provision of much needed food and medical care. The team distributed hundreds of cans of cat and dog food to the six worst hit villages, provided by WSPA member society, the Animal Protection Society of Samoa. Through coordinated efforts with our member societies Profauna and Yudhistira and government livestock department vets, hundreds of animals were provided with emergency and basic treatment and pet owners were given dog and cat food.

World Rabies Day: Time for humane solutions
Last year, WSPA supported member societies in affected regions – largely Asia and Africa – in delivering public education programs and promoting a proven way to stop the spread of rabies: responsible pet ownership. But WSPA’s work with member societies continues all year round, implementing effective and humane responses to rabies and improving dog welfare. Proof of this can be seen in Latin America, where canine rabies has been virtually eliminated thanks to mass vaccination and a concentrated effort by governments. In Tanzania: WSPA is working with the government to offer free vaccinations for dogs in Tanzania’s largest city and distribute educational materials on rabies control and prevention.

WSPA Board and Advisory Council announced
Mark Watts, Cecilia Vega Leon and Chinny Krishna WSPA welcomed three new Board members at the 2008 annual general meeting, held on June 3. Cecilia Vega Leon (Mexico), Chinny Krishna (India) and Mark Watts (UK) will also serve on the Advisory Council. The new Board members join some experienced colleagues. Following the meeting, the Board elected new WSPA Officers for the coming year: Dominique Bellemare (Canada) as President, Professor Ranald Munro (UK), as Senior Vice President Hanja Maji-Weggen (Netherlands) as Junior Vice President, Andrew Rowan (USA) as Treasurer and Peter Mason (New Zealand) as Secretary. Read more about WSPA, who we are and what we do >>

Global reach: WSPA celebrates 1,000 member societies
WSPA, the world’s largest alliance of animal welfare organisations, has grown to a total of 1,012 members. The 19 newest member societies will help strengthen the global animal welfare movement, changing many animals’ lives for the better. Since its inception in 1981, WSPA has worked in partnership with hundreds of member societies in over 150 countries. Peter Davies, Director General of WSPA, commented on the landmark: “Our mission at WSPA has been to build a global animal welfare movement and this is a very significant milestone for us. One WSPA-led campaign involving many of our member societies is calling for international recognition that animals matter.

Animal welfare network reaches Monserrat
As Montserrat Animal Protection Society (MAPS) became the first animal welfare group in that country to join the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) - the partnership got right to work protecting animals in the wake of renewed volcanic activity this week. MAPS is now one of 762 affiliated organizations in 147 countries benefiting from and sharing expertise in veterinary treatments, campaigning and awareness-raising. WSPA is the world‘s largest alliance of humane societies and animal protection organizations. Through direct field work, campaigning, legislative work, education and training programs, WSPA strives to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

Suffering in Slums: The global stray dog problem
They fight over the limited amounts of food available and suffer from agonizing diseases such as rabies and distemper. In many countries the majority of stray dogs have been abandoned by their owners or are owned but allowed to roam freely. Without resources for treatment and education about responsible pet ownership, the stray population will keep growing and countless numbers of dogs will continue to suffer in the slums. They are also working with the local government authorities to help them take an active role in dog and rabies management. Now the government works with Paraiso de la Mascota to provide education materials and low-cost sterilization to dog owners in low-income areas.

Countdown to world’s first bonobo release
From Sunday 14 June WSPA will accompany a group of orphaned bonobos on a historic journey back to the wild. Travelling to a remote corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo, this is the first ever attempt to reintroduce our closest ape relation to their natural habitat. These pioneering bonobos have been sheltered and cared for by member society Les Amis des Bonobos (ABC) at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary, a project which WSPA helped set up and has actively supported ever since. Those with the best chance to adapt to a life in the wild have been chosen for the first release group.

Brutal pig slaughter in Egypt
Egyptian authorities are undertaking an unacceptably cruel assault on the pig population in Cairo. Pigs being hit with iron bars, scooped up into bulldozers and flung into pits to be burned alive with chemicals; these are the truly distressing visuals that appeared as the Egyptian media started to report on the cruel methods being used in the cull. Initial reports suggested that the pig cull in Egypt was intended as a precaution against the spread of the ‘swine flu’ infection from pigs to humans. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has explicitly stated that culling is an inappropriate reaction to the outbreak of swine flu, as there is no known link between the flu and pigs.

New, comprehensive text on long distance transport launched
Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals – the book that provides the scientific basis of the Handle with Care campaign – was launched at the 76th General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris. The largest and most comprehensive academic reference text on the long distance transport of animals for slaughter was presented to almost 100 of the world’s Chief Veterinary Officers in a reception on May 26 2008. The reception was also attended by nearly 250 delegates of the general session, including the OIE Director General and Deputy Director General. The following day, Peter Davies, Director General of WSPA, addressed the OIE general session and highlighted the Handle with Care coalition’s global transport campaign.

Anti-whaling countries hold slim margin
In an indicator vote on Japan's motion to delete small cetaceans from the agenda anti-whaling nations achieved 32 votes, while pro-whaling nations only achieved 30 votes. Speaking on behalf of the Whalewatch coalition, Major General Peter Davies, Director General of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) stated: “We have shown that even when faced with the greatest of challenges, the welfare and protection of whales can still persevere. But the world must wake up from its deep slumber – the world's whales and their welfare remain hanging in the balance. Governments must now fight fiercely to prevent a hostile take over by the pro-whaling nations.”

WSPA takes action on World Rabies Day
Dogs suffer abuse and persecution that stems from being the main source of rabies in humans, as well as the agony of the disease itself. In many countries, governments try to control rabies by culling the dog population using cruel methods. Our best hope for an end to rabies is to vaccinate enough dogs and to educate vulnerable people about how to prevent it. Many of our responsible pet ownership programmes are considered by governments to be part of their rabies control strategies. Before the campaign, many people had never even heard of rabies and did not realise the importance of vaccinating dogs.

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