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Swine flu: WSPA disputes need for pig cull
Egypt is still culling pigs despite there being no known link between the recent outbreak of swine flu and pigs.

Brutal pig slaughter in Egypt
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.

Humane slaughter agreement signed In China
We are proud to be partnering with APSRI and commend them for their recognition of farm animal welfare as a critical issue of the future. The organizations will also work with relevant Chinese government agencies to establish humane slaughter legislation and codes of practice.

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.

Egyptian pig cull: update and next steps
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.

Good news for North American pigs
Smithfield Foods, Inc., the nation's largest pork producer with 1.2 million sows, has announced plans to phase out the cruel practice of confining sows to “gestation crates that don't allow them to move around during their lifetime of repeated pregnancies.

Way to Go, Ohio!
Ted Strickland's office has agreed to implement a number of animal welfare reforms in the state, in exchange for holding off on submitting the 2010 ballot measure.

Whales an open target for suffering
Whales are left to suffer cruel deaths for the commercial supply of meat in Norway while regulations protect farm animals from pain at slaughter, according to a new report from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).

WSPA endorses historic Ohio initiative for farm animals
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has endorsed a citizen-backed ballot initiative being promoted by Ohioans for Humane Farms - a coalition of animal protection organizations, veterinarians, family farmers, food safety and environmental advocates - to help end some of the cruelest factory farming practices in the state of Ohio.

Cruel pig competition loses support
Thanks to lobbying by WSPA supporters and member society EAST, several Taiwanese government departments have withdrawn their funding from a cruel weight-based competition which involves the severe confinement, force-feeding and public, inhumane slaughter of several hundred pigs every year.

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.

WSPA: Redefining the whaling debate
WSPA will be at the 60th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Chile next week, lobbying for the ban on commercial whaling to continue on welfare grounds and for a change in IWC focus.

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