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2011 Achievements: Helping animals around the world

Dec 27, 2011

With 2011 coming to an end, WSPA would like to thank its donors and advocates for their ongoing support and dedication to helping animals.

 

From completing a program in Bali that vaccinated 210,000 dogs in Bali, to providing shelter to nearly 1,000 pets affected by the Japan disaster, to helping rescue six bears from bear baiting and bear dancing, WSPA has been able to make a huge difference to so many animals this year.

 

As a thank you to all of our many supporters, please enjoy the following video – it’s because of YOU that we’re able to achieve these many accomplishments for animals!

Bringing Relief to Animals in Disaster

WSPA was on the ground within days of the devastating Mar. 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. With supporters’ help, we worked with local partner, JAWS, to rescue and provide shelter to nearly 1,000 pets affected by the disasters.

 

The ARCH coalition, co-founded by WSPA, proudly completed its operation in Haiti, following the 2010 earthquake. In just 16 months, ARCH treated more than 68,000 animals, repaired the country’s damaged veterinary infrastructure and launched an animal welfare education program.

 

Our disaster relief efforts didn’t end there – throughout the year, our disaster management team provided aid to animals in several disaster-stricken areas around the world, including...Thailand, Kenya, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Philippines, India, Argentina, Vietnam, Colombia, Bolivia, Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and Brazil.

Protecting the World's Companion Animals

In September, WSPA launched the “Collars Not Cruelty” campaign, aiming to end the mass killing of dogs in response to rabies. We are encouraging governments to tackle rabies through the only humane and effective solution: mass vaccination of dogs.

 

As part of “Collars Not Cruelty,” we are currently working with partners in Bangladesh to carry out a large-scale vaccination campaign. The effort will save thousands of dogs in its first year alone.

 

The work in Bangladesh mirrors our recent mass vaccination project in Bali, during which more than 210,000 dogs were vaccinated against rabies. This successful project provided the Balinese government with an alternative to killing its dog population.

 

Following discussions with WSPA, eBay decided to amend its policy in Korea to prohibit the sales of pets on its Korean website, Auction.co.kr.

Preventing the Suffering of Farm Animals

As part of our “No Paradise for Pigs” investigation, two supermarket chains in Hawaii agreed to stop purchasing pork products from pigs transported live from mainland U.S. to Hawaii.

This will save thousands of pigs from having to suffer during the week-long sea voyage.

 

More than 170,000 supporters around the world participated in WSPA Australia’s global Humane Chain petition, which called for an end to live animal export.

 

We worked with the Green Restaurant Association to change its “Sustainable Food” requirements; restaurants are now encouraged to switch to humanely-raised farm animal products as a way to achieve environmental sustainability.

Saving Ocean and Wildlife Animals

More than 36,000 WSPA supporters signed a petition to President Obama, asking him to take action against Iceland’s defiant whaling program. In September, Obama decided to impose various diplomatic measures to hold Iceland accountable for its cruel and unnecessary whaling activities.

 

Earlier in the year, Obama also signed the Shark Conservation Act of 2009, under pressure from WSPA and other animal welfare groups.

 

In response to a WSPA petition, New York’s Governor signed a bill ending the commercial trade of bear gallbladders and bile in the state – protecting nearly 7,000 wild black bears living in the state.

Ending the use of Animals for Entertainment

In January, we helped rescue Leela, Kaali and Bhoori from horrific bear baiting events. The three bears were moved to the WSPA-funded Balkasar Sanctuary are now enjoying their new, cruelty-free lives.

 

Throughout the year, we also worked with international partners to rescue Azad, Sawan and Nita from bear baiting, as well as a 1-year-old cub and two 2-month-old cubs who were being sold into the illegal bear “dancing” trade.

 

In Louisiana, “Tony the Tiger” was finally granted freedom from his truck stop roadside cage, thanks to the endless efforts of WSPA and partner organization supporters. Tony will soon be released and relocated to a sanctuary.

 

In September, Spain’s Catalonia region held its last-ever bullfight, thanks to the 140,000+ supporters who petitioned Members of the regional Parliament to end the “sport.”

All of these accomplishments were only made possible by the ongoing dedication and generosity of ALL our WSPA supporters.

Thank you for everything you do to help animals.

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