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WSPA 2009 Achievements for Animal Welfare

Dec 22, 2009

From bringing essential aid to thousands of animal victims of multiple disasters in Asia Pacific, to pioneering the first-ever release of captive bonobos into the wild in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to making a difference for farm animals in Brazil, we’ve accomplished so much for animals this year. And we couldn’t have done it without you - Thank You!

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As the world’s largest alliance of animal welfare organizations, WSPA works with our partners where the animal welfare need is greatest. We accomplished many key achievements for animal welfare with our partners in 2009.

We administered emergency first aid to over one thousand animals affected by flooding in Bihar, India.

Following military conflict in Gaza, we treated pets and livestock of 635families and performed83 surgeries.

When tsunamis, cyclones, and earthquakes wreaked havoc in Samoa, the Philippines, and Indonesia, we brought relief to  thousands of animals.

Each year WSPA  and our partners help tens of thousands of homeless dogs and cats struggling to survive on the streets.

We advised The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on humane dog population control in order to help prevent inhumane dog culls.

Thanks to the work of WSPA and our partners, there were no casesof rabies and no inhumane straydog culls in Kathmandu, Nepal.

And in Costa Rica, TheNational Animal Health Service agreed to create a formal program on the breeding and trade of companion animals.

In Canada, we worked with indigenous communities on stray dog population issues, sterilized 459 animals, and educated community members on responsible pet ownership.

WSPA  and our partners work to find practical solutions to alleviate inhumane conditions of working animals in the developing world.

In 2009 we held workshops in 5countries to gain insight into issues faced by horse owners and to introduce practical, sustainable solutions.

Every day, with the help of our member organizations, we work to stop the exploitation of wild animals for food, fur, and entertainment.

In 2009, we stopped 80% of planned bear baiting events in Pakistan.

With WSPA’s support, the first ever release of rehabilitated bonobos into their natural habitat took place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

In Vietnam, WSPA and our partners pioneered a monitoring system to help phase out the cruel practice of bear bile farming for use in traditional Asian medicine.

WSPA and our partners stopped Origins skin care from offering an inhumane "Swim with the Dolphins" program as a sweepstakes prize in the United States.

Each year, WSPA's campaigns address the inhumane treatment of over 60 billion farm animals.

In the U.S. state of Hawaii, WSPA and our partners stopped the use of the "Island Produced" label on pork from live pigs imported from the mainland.

Hundreds of people in the Brazilian agriculture industry were trained in humane animal handling, having the potential to improve conditions for millions of farm animals.

WSPA’s Eat Humane public awareness campaign has educated millions of Americans on purchasing more animal-friendly foods.

Our successes - large and small - would not have been possible without the help of our many partners, including you! Together we can continue to do more good for more animals. Thank you!

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