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Haiti: A Six-Month Update
Thanks to the generous donations from WSPA supporters, our disaster management team – as part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) – has made great strides in providing disaster relief to the animals and people of Haiti during the past six months. Immediately following the disaster, our team worked closely with Haitian government officials, international agencies (such as the United Nations) and other NGOs to define the country’s most pressing animal-related problems, carry out treatments and develop a long-term plan for Haiti to better protect against future disasters. Thank you for your help in making these achievements possible – there is still a lot of work to be done, but we’re getting closer to improved animal welfare conditions and veterinary capacity in Haiti.

ARCH Leads Animal Welfare Efforts and Accomplishments in Haiti
Thanks to the generous donations from WSPA supporters, our disaster management team – as part of the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) – has made great strides in providing disaster relief to the animals and people of Haiti during the past six months. Immediately following the disaster, our team worked closely with Haitian government officials, international agencies (such as the United Nations) and other NGOs to define the country’s most pressing animal-related problems, carry out treatments and develop a long-term plan for Haiti to better protect against future disasters. Thank you for your help in making these achievements possible – there is still a lot of work to be done, but we’re getting closer to improved animal welfare conditions and veterinary capacity in Haiti.

Anne Lieberman Joins WSPA as U.S. Executive Director
Lieberman brings 20 years of proven nonprofit experience to global animal welfare organization. Lieberman brings nearly 20 years of proven nonprofit experience to WSPA. She most recently served as vice president of development operations at the national environmental advocacy organization Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), whose revenue and staff doubled in size during her nine-year tenure. Prior to EDF, Lieberman worked as the associate executive director of communications and development at the YWCA of the City of New York, where she raised $4 million annually and implemented several fundraising, marketing and communications programs. Before joining the nonprofit sector, she worked as a media consultant and writer for various groups, and a television producer and writer for several stations, including WNET/Thirteen.

New facility offers special care for baited bears
An up-to-date clinic made possible by a generous supporter is now enabling staff at a WSPA-funded sanctuary in Pakistan to give rescued bears the very best care and treatment. It currently provides veterinary care and a safe haven for 22 bears formerly used for baiting. Bear baiting is a savage blood sport in which dogs are set upon a tethered and defenseless bear. Mellun had been rescued from a landlord who had used him in baiting events for six years. Thousands of key religious leaders have denounced baiting as un-Islamic and so far 235 landlords – who run the events – have given it up.

In Recognition of World Animal Week - Stars Sign WSPA’s Animals Matter to Me Petition
Whether providing comfort and companionship in our homes or supplying crucial labor to support families in need, animals matter to each one of us. People are urged to take action by fundraising for animal welfare, making a donation, volunteering their time, or simply giving their pets some extra attention. If adopted, it will be the first international agreement recognizing that animals are capable of experiencing pain and suffering and that their welfare should be respected. Kristin and the other celebrity supporters are joining the world’s largest animal welfare network – WSPA works with over 1,000 animal welfare groups in more than150 countries to protect animals and alleviate their suffering.

Dr Gus Thornton, a former WSPA president, has died following a long illness
Dr Thornton and his granddaughter Rose © Courtesy of the MSPCA-Angell He grew up and went to veterinary school in Oklahoma, USA. Through his work for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), he helped WSPA set up its first office and later served two years as WSPA President. Mike Baker, Director General of WSPA, said: “He was a great veterinarian and humanitarian, and he was a true leader in both fields, nationally and internationally. He cared so very deeply about animals and people, was a kind and generous person, and he spent his life helping others….he will be greatly missed.”

WSPA and partners get animal welfare onto Earth Summit agenda
With the focus of world leaders and the world’s public on the event, WSPA is working to ensure that animal welfare is firmly on the agenda. WSPA succeeded in having animals and sustainable agriculture inserted into the Rio Conference declaration – the so-called “Bonn Declaration” – which will feed into the planning process for the Earth Summit and the texts used to prepare it. WSPA also co-organized and chaired an event at the conference with other organizations and academics to discuss the importance of animal welfare to sustainable agriculture and food consumption. The Bonn Declaration states that animal welfare should be safeguarded and notes that, “sustainable development can only be ensured if humanity, directed and led by government policies, embraces humane, sustainable, low-carbon lifestyles and adopts sustainable livelihoods”.

WSPA denounces latest proposal to 'trade whale quotas'
In the latest issue of Nature, through a feature entitled "Conversation Science: A market approach to saving the whales," three researchers proposed a system that would give countries permits to catch a certain number of whales. WSPA criticizes this proposal on grounds that it ignores a fundamental reality: that whales are conscious, intelligent animals who suffer slow, agonizing deaths when hit by the whalers’ exploding harpoons. The researchers estimate that whaling generates about $31 million a year in profits, while environmental groups spend about $25 million campaigning against whaling. Read more about whale watching, including how to distinguish a responsible tour operator from one that puts whales at risk.

WSPA Report Reveals Plight of Captive Dolphins in Holiday Hotspots
Throughout Mexico and the Dominican Republic, holiday meccas for North American and European tourists, a bleak picture of life for the dolphins in captivity has been uncovered by a new WSPA report. The report describes in detail the state of the two countries’ captive dolphin facilities which are largely found in or near resorts frequented by international tourists. The report also documents the acts of cruelty suffered by captive dolphins as well as the consequences of this cruelty to the animals’ welfare. The report details the generic layout of captive dolphin facilities, in existence in Mexico since 1970 and in the Dominican Republic since 1995.

Disney artist and WSPA celebrate the Caribbean’s whales
The completed, colourful wall will support the Caribbean anti-whaling movement and celebrate the successful whale watching industry as a more humane and profitable alternative to whaling. Recent studies reveal that whale watching activities generate up to US$23 million each year in the Eastern Caribbean islands alone. WSPA firmly believes that whale watching is more economically significant and sustainable for communities and people worldwide than whaling. For WSPA, this means more than a profitable business that benefits many communities in the region – it represents a future in which humans and whales can coexist without the unnecessary and inhumane killing demanded by the whaling industry.

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.

A boost for black bear rescue in Tennessee
Over the past couple of years, WSPA has been carrying out in depth organizational development for some of our partner organizations around the world to help them become more effective and sustainable. Each year, black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured or in need of medical care. Thanks to ABR, these bears are given a second chance of life in the wild. This collaborative work couldn’t have come at a better time for ABR, as 2009 was a bumper year with a record number of 23 bears being admitted to the facility for rehabilitation – a lot of hungry mouths to feed!

Help Protect Captive Tigers Living in the U.S.
The good news is that Tony will likely be free of his roadside cage and placed in a sanctuary very soon. The bad news is that Tony is not the only captive tiger in the U.S. who needs our help. According to a 2008 report, there are an estimated 5,000 additional captive tigers in the U.S. used in roadside attractions and zoos, bred for profit and owned as exotic “pets” – that’s more tigers than are even left in the wild, worldwide! The proposed action would close loopholes that currently hinder federal oversight and enforcement of captive tigers in the U.S. For instance, owners of “generic” tigers are not required to report annually to FWS about activities conducted with the tigers or provide a year-end inventory.

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