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LUSH Cosmetics and WSPA working together for orangutans
Orangutan habitats are being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, leaving an estimated 5,000 orangutans dead each year. Orangutans are currently under severe threat in the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra, the only places on earth where these animals still roam free. In the last 10 years, 90% of the rainforest in Borneo and Sumatra have been destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, and orangutans are now one of the ten most threatened species in the world. These rainforests are not only home to orangutans, but also to many diverse species of plants and animals. LUSH Cosmetics believes that there are no sustainable sources of palm oil, and is the first cosmetics company to commit to eliminating palm oil in their products.

Orangutan rescue sanctuary in need of saving
It is now in dire need of funding and WSPA hopes its supporters will help raise the 2 million dollars needed to run the sanctuary until more sustainable funds can be found. BBC wildlife presenter and WSPA supporter, Michaela Strachan said: “I was shocked by how desperate the situation for orangutans has become in Borneo, with more and more orangutans arriving everyday. The sanctuary rescues young orangutans that have been orphaned because of Indonesia's growing palm oil industry, which has meant their forest home is now being burnt to the ground to make way for oil-palm plantations. WSPA works in alliance with animal welfare organizations, like BOS, around the world to create an animal welfare movement and support local initiatives.

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.

Brutal pig slaughter in Egypt
Egyptian authorities are undertaking an unacceptably cruel assault on the pig population in Cairo. Pigs being hit with iron bars, scooped up into bulldozers and flung into pits to be burned alive with chemicals; these are the truly distressing visuals that appeared as the Egyptian media started to report on the cruel methods being used in the cull. Initial reports suggested that the pig cull in Egypt was intended as a precaution against the spread of the ‘swine flu’ infection from pigs to humans. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has explicitly stated that culling is an inappropriate reaction to the outbreak of swine flu, as there is no known link between the flu and pigs.

New rescue vehicle for Colobus Trust
The Trust is a primate rescue and conservation organization on the southern coast of Kenya that specializes in helping colobus monkeys. When the Trust asked WSPA to provide funding for their new truck, their primary vehicle was literally falling to pieces. WSPA routinely provides funding and support for small organizations like the Trust who might not otherwise be able to carry out their important work for animals. These rope and wire bridges hang between trees and allow primates to avoid roadways and make it easier to humans and wildlife to co-exist. Such actions have significantly reduced the risks to primates in Kenya as well as provided models for international primate work.

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.

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.

Bearing witness to seal slaughter
Up to 91,000 seals will be killed during the hunt off the coast of Prince Edward Island (PEI) this year, and a total of 325,000 will be hunted nationwide in the world's largest slaughter of marine mammals. “Under Canadian law, the pups are fair game as soon as they molt their first white hairs at 12 days old. The weakened ice pans also forced sealers to hunt from their boats, shooting at the seals unfortunate enough to poke their heads out of the water or stuck on tiny melting ice floes. Protect Seals is a coalition of animal welfare organizations that represents tens of millions of individuals worldwide.

Norwegian whaling season begins as appetite for whale meat fades
Norway’s 2011 whaling season – which will permit the killing of up to 1,286 whales between April and August – kicked off on Apr. 1, despite growing public opinion against the cruelty of whaling. Norwegian hunts kill whales using exploding harpoons which – according to the government’s own figures – fail to kill approximately 20% of whales instantly, causing them to suffer slow and painful deaths. In the coming days, animal welfare groups campaigning against Norwegian whaling are set to release a new study that demonstrates that, in addition to the growing concern over the way in which these animals are killed, the products from whale hunts no longer have viable markets.

WSPA 2008 Achievements
WSPA’s disaster management team improved the welfare of over 195,000 animals this year, supplying desperately needed food, veterinary supplies and expertise across Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The WSPA-led Handle with Care campaign launched across nine countries in a blaze of publicity, moving politicians and the public to call for an end to the long distance transportation of animals. We are building a global animal welfare movement by collaborating with, funding and sharing learning with our member societies. Animal care standards were established in law for the first time, with greater powers granted to SPCA officers and serious penalties for those who commit animal cruelty.

Outrage against Norway’s whaling: Over 101,000 people call for an end to cruelty
WSPA’s call to speak out against Norway’s cruel whaling has been met by support from around the world. The public outcry comes as Norway - one of only three countries still pursuing commercial whaling despite a global ban - prepares to defend its whaling next week at the 62nd annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Agadir, Morocco. The meeting may vote on a disastrous proposal that would effectively lift the 25 year old ban on commercial whaling and award Norway a quota of 6,000 minke whales over the next 10 years. More than a hundred and one thousand people have now pledged their support to a growing global voice demanding that the suffering of whales be put before politics.

McCartney's highlight seal hunt
Paul and Heather McCartney's, longtime animal advocates, are traveling this week to the Canadian ice floes where thousands of baby seals are being born. Their trip preceeds Canada's annual seal hunt by just a few weeks, and their intent is to highlight the cruelty of the hunt. "Previous Canadian governments have allowed this heartbreaking hunt to continue despite the fact that the majority of its citizens – as well as those in Europe and America - are opposed to it," the McCartneys said in a joint statement. Sadly, if the government allows the hunt to proceed, many of the baby seals that the McCartney's see will be clubbed to death. Learn more about the hunt, and how you can add your voice to the worldwide protest.

Egyptian pig cull: update and next steps
The fantastic response to WSPA’s online action did not achieve an immediate end to the cull. Egypt’s government did begin to show a willingness to engage in animal welfare even as they continued the cull – WSPA’s offer of expert animal welfare advice on the handling and transportation of animals was accepted by the Egyptian Minister of Agriculture. After the recent events WSPA is unable to actively advise the Egyptian authorities on practical animal welfare considerations for development of new pig farms until a firmer commitment to animal welfare has been made. This breakthrough was down to our supporters: the response to the online action made those responsible for animal welfare in Egypt realize that the issue of animal welfare is not going away.

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