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WSPA Animal Disaster Relief in Action: Brazil
Tweet Since January, WSPA's disaster relief team has been working in the Minas Gerais state of Brazil, helping animals affected by recent flooding and landslides. We are currently delivering emergency feed and basic veterinary care to the nearly 3,000 cats and dogs who are in need of our help in the region. Please view this slideshow of some of the animals we’ve already saved in Brazil. Then, to learn more about WSPA’s disaster relief work around the world visit our Animals in Disaster blog.

$25 million offered for non-surgical sterilization for dogs and cats
Billionaire surgeon, entrepreneur and inventor Dr. Gary Michelson recently announced that he is offering $25 million to the person or group who can come up with a safe, non-surgical, single dose sterilization method for male and female cats and dogs. He, like most animal-welfare experts, believes that the introduction of a cheap, reliable pet sterilant will dramatically reduce the number of animals that US shelters are forced to euthanize every year, which presently stands at four to six million. Studies conducted by experts from the ACC&D and other animal advocacy organizations have found that 27% of dogs and 14% of cats have not been spayed or neutered, with owners' reasons ranging from cost worries to fears about surgical safety.

Orissa disaster relief operation: update
WSPA’s Delhi-based emergency field team remain in Orissa State, working hard to provide emergency food, shelter, water and veterinary first aid to animals affected by the tornado which hit at the end of March. The relief aid supplied by WSPA is crucial in keeping the animals alive and protecting the livelihoods and nutrition of the community. To date, nearly 1,500 animals have received concentrated feed, building their strength, and around 300 have received emergency veterinary care for tornado-related injuries. WSPA has also provided materials for and helped villagers construct 500 animal shelters, with 100 more to come; each shelter will house four or five animals and protect them from the elements.

WSPA Disaster Relief - UPDATE
WSPA uses its expertise and knowledge to react quickly to disasters all over the world. The affect these disasters have on animals and their habitats can be devastating. This can also have a significant impact on the human population as more than one billion people worldwide rely on animals for food and for their livelihoods. Communication is difficult due to power cuts, but to date assistance has not been needed for animals in the region. An evacuation of up to 800 people will have to take place if any further activity is recorded, with working and companion animals therefore also affected.

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.

Disaster Alert
WSPA staff throughout the world are monitoring current and impending disaster situations for any animal welfare needs. A widely reported earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 in Peru has caused a trusted and well-respected team from one of WSPA's member societies to deploy its DART (Disaster Assessment and Response Team) to the area to assess animal needs. At this early stage it appears that the need will be small due to the nature of the damage but we will wait for detailed information from the field. WSPA staff in Costa Rica are focusing on reducing the risk to animals in the area, should one occur.

WSPA counters abandonment of cats in China
To date we have found neither evidence nor direct reports of indiscriminate catching/trapping of cats by the authorities of Beijing. Information via local media advertised this service for citizens, stating some unsubstantiated information about cat diseases, subsequently spreading fear among cat owners. WSPA's Beijing office is providing Responsible Cat Ownership educational material for Beijing animal protection organizations to distribute to Beijing citizens and cat owners to counter further abandonment and explain ways to care for cats as pets. WSPA works with local animal welfare groups and governments around the world to address stray cat and dog problems humanely and comprehensively.

Fears for welfare of Korean dogs
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is proposing that dogs in Korea should be re-categorized as livestock, which would give the dog meat trade in South Korea legal status. The primary concern of the South Korean authorities is for human health, as currently there are no sanitary regulations related to the processing or selling of dog meat. If the dogs are classified as livestock, regulations will be put in place and the meat potentially sold more widely. Advocates of the trade have claimed that legalizing the sale of dog meat would lead to improvements in animal welfare, allowing for regulations to be introduced.

UK member society aids in flood relief
Following the recent flooding across the UK, WSPA member society the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), has deployed inspectors and up to a third of its field workers to the worst hit regions in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. RSPCA flood rescue teams have been working tirelessly alongside the emergency services and the Red Cross, rescuing animals and their owners in distress. Sor far they have helped over 3,000 animals, answered requests for water for 5,616 animals and rescued 62 people. There hasn't been a time in living memory when the RSPCA has deployed so many officers to one blighted area.

Delivering Aid to Animals: WSPA responds to five global disasters in 2010
With nearly 30 years of treating animals in post-disaster situations, WSPA has been involved in some of the world’s most devastating disaster relief efforts - including the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Even with four months still left in the year, our disaster management team has already provided relief to animals in five disaster-stricken areas across the world: Pakistan, Haiti, Mongolia, Chile and Guatemala. And, these efforts were only possible through the support and generosity of our supporters who donated to WSPA’s Disaster Relief Fund. Following the January 12 earthquake, a number of humanitarian organizations came to the aid of the Haitian people.

Farm animal victory in the USA
WSPA congratulates member societies the Humane Society of the United States and the Farm Sanctuary for their work, along with other US-based animal welfare groups, in improving the lives of thousands of farm animals. In many of these countries the practice of cruel, intensive factory farming is exploding. The project will act as a flagship example of alternative farming systems for chickens, pigs and cows that adhere to improved welfare standards. The project also aims to raise awareness of inhumane farming practices and encourages Brazilian and Chinese consumers to purchase meats, milks and eggs that have been reared on farms that take the animal’s welfare into consideration.

Experts turn out for farm animal welfare in China
In April, world-renowned animal welfare experts traveled to China to take part in a landmark conference on farm animal welfare. WSPA, along with three other leading animal welfare organizations - Compassion in World Farming, the Humane Society International and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – joined forces to host the two-day conference. “There is a real desire to improve farm animal welfare in China and WSPA will do all that we can to assist with this,” she added. More than 150 Chinese specialists attended the conference, including scientists, government officials and national media. This landmark conference, which brought together leading experts from across China, as well as international speakers from six countries, will advance the move towards more humane and sustainable farm animal welfare in China.

Emergency relief for animals in East India
Over 20,000 animals were left in need of emergency aid after flash floods devastated more than 70 villages in the Eastern Indian state of Orissa. WSPA Member Society the Visakha Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals (VSPCA) has provided veterinary care and fodder to animals through teams of vets, field officers and local government veterinary surgeons. VSPCA will continue to provide aid and relief to animals in the affected areas. Humanitarian organizations report that more than 41,000 people have been directly affected by the disaster and over 80 people have died. Although waters are now receding, accessibility to certain areas is still impeded by waterlogged roads.

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A stray dog that has survived flooding, Colombia