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Victory for Cows in the UK!
After a year of campaigning against Nocton Dairies’ plans for a factory dairy farm in Lincolnshire, England, WSPA is thrilled to announce that the plans have been withdrawn. “While the Environment Agency's objections were the final nail in the coffin for the Nocton plans, our own research made it clear that there were numerous reasons why Nocton should not be given the go-ahead. WSPA hopes that the small dairy farmers and NFU members who spoke out against these plans will continue to gather support from the wider industry for conventional, pasture-based systems – not large-scale, intensive ones.

Cattle die in severe floods
The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has officially declared a national disaster after flooding and torrential rain severely affected humans and animals. Stranded livestock are being tended to and fed where possible, but it is proving difficult to reach all the affected animals in time. Farmers who have managed to transport their cattle to Trinidad Port by boat are finding that there is a lack of feed and nowhere to house their animals. A WSPA team is also heading to Santa Ana and Santa Cruz, areas also severely affected by the floods, to assess what animal welfare assistance is required. As a Member Society the RSPCA is kept up-to-date with all of WSPA’s work and is generously supporting this disaster management intervention.

Twelve thousand cattle at risk in Argentina
Heavy rains since October 2006 have caused flooding of the lowlands and islands of the Paraná River in the Santa Fe Province of Argentina, with 500,000 cattle at immediate risk and 100,000 already evacuated. The situation worsened recently with severe rains leading to a surge in the river level. Between 30,000 and 50,000 cattle have died due to the flooding and a further 12,000, evacuated to roadsides by small scale cattle farmers, are at risk of starvation and need immediate help. In support of the provincial government relief efforts, WSPA will provide enough feed for adult cattle and calves to last for the next few weeks.

Act now: Situation remains critical for Egypt’s pigs
Information from Cairo suggests that more than half the country’s pig population has now been culled, despite there being no proven link between pigs and swine flu transmission. But the OIE lacks the mandate to intervene, and the remaining pigs are expected to be killed within two weeks – a decision challenged by thousands of WSPA supporters internationally. WSPA continues to question both the need for the cull and the methods used – before swine flu was publicized authorities had planned to re-home overcrowded city pigs outside Cairo. With no link between pigs and swine flu transmission, no acceptable reason has been given as to why pigs from the city could not be moved to the new farms.

Good news for North American pigs
Smithfield Foods, Inc., the nation's largest pork producer with 1.2 million sows, has announced plans to phase out the cruel practice of confining sows to “gestation crates” that don't allow them to move around during their lifetime of repeated pregnancies. It is happening in response to pressure from the company's customers who know that U.S. consumers are more aware and concerned than ever before about the suffering animals experience to put food on their tables. Sadly, the phasing in of larger group pens will take far too long—10 years at company owned farms and 20 years at farms that are sub-contractors.

Plans to resume New Zealand’s cruel live sheep trade
Negotiations to resume New Zealand’s live sheep trade with Saudi Arabia are underway following a ban on live exports for more than five years. The draft Arrangement follows the same terms as the agreement between Australia and Saudi Arabia which has paved the way for the resumption of live sheep exports from Australia. Australia is the world’s largest exporter of sheep for slaughter and exported more than four million sheep to the Middle East in 2006. The long distance transport of animals falls well short of providing animals with the level of protection now demanded by most countries and runs counter to New Zealand’s pioneering animal welfare legislation.

WSPA urges G8 leaders to start serving humane and sustainable farming
Industrial leaders meeting at the G8 summit this week again failed the millions of people around the world who are hardest hit by the current food crisis, failing to recognize the damage done to livelihoods by factory farming. As outlined in our recent report – Industrial Animal Agriculture – Part of the poverty problem –industrial agriculture is not only responsible for the suffering of billions of animals around the world, is also a key part of the poverty problem. Significant environmental and health costs are also created by the countries involved, rather than by the foreign-owned corporations profiting from the goods.

WSPA rejects temporary suspension of live cattle exports from Australia to Indonesia
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Senator Joe Ludwig, has stated that he will work with the live export industry with the aim of resuming the trade within six months. And yet, Minister Ludwig is relying on the industry itself again to make a difference in more than 120 Indonesian slaughterhouses in just six months. Whether it is cattle shipped to Indonesia or sheep shipped to the Middle East, the only way to fully protect Australian animals is to process them within Australia. WSPA and thousands of our supporters from around the world are calling on the Australian Government to take meaningful action by announcing an end date for live animal exports to all countries.

WSPA calls for action as new footage in Australia exposes the cruelty of live cattle export
WSPA is calling for an immediate end to live cattle exports from Australia to Indonesia, following the exposure of horrific cruelty inflicted on animals in Indonesia’s slaughterhouses on Australia’s Four Corners program. Jessica added, “Surely no one in the Australian government, at Meat and Livestock Australia or the farming industry could possibly justify the widespread and absolutely horrific abuse cattle endure in largely unregulated Indonesian abattoirs. WSPA is calling on the Australian Government to really take heed of the evidence Animals Australia and the RSPCA Australia have provided and immediately end the cattle trade to Indonesia, and announce an end date for live animal exports to all other countries.

The violent treatment of sheep in Egypt
Harrowing new footage revealing the violent treatment of Australian sheep exported to Egypt has the World Society for the Protection of Animals calling for an end to Australian live exports to the country. The footage shows Australian sheep tied to car roof racks; thrown off vehicles and trying to escape through busy traffic; with their legs bound and having their throats roughly cut with blunt knives – practices which contravene a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Egypt signed with Australia in October 2006 for the handling and slaughter of Australian animals on foreign soil. “This footage should be the catalyst for the Federal Government to implement a ban, effectively saying to the international community that it values the welfare of Australian animals and will no longer tolerate the intolerable cruelty inflicted on its animals overseas.

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WSPA helps shoppers find humane foods
As part of our campaign to put an end to the cruel and unsustainable practices of factory farming, WSPA USA’s EatHumane.org is making it easier for shoppers to find animal-friendly products at the supermarket with a food label classification system and searchable database of humane foods at major US grocery stores. An ever-increasing array of food product labels that make claims about human nutrition, environmental protection and animal welfare leave many shoppers confused about how to make the most humane choices when buying animal products. Generally animals raised under humane food programs are given access to sunlight, fresh air, and freedom of movement. Now before grabbing their grocery carts, shoppers can search their local store online to find food products and see how their store compares to others.

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