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Experts turn out for farm animal welfare in China
In April, world-renowned animal welfare experts traveled to China to take part in a landmark conference on farm animal welfare. WSPA, along with three other leading animal welfare organizations - Compassion in World Farming, the Humane Society International and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – joined forces to host the two-day conference. “There is a real desire to improve farm animal welfare in China and WSPA will do all that we can to assist with this,” she added. More than 150 Chinese specialists attended the conference, including scientists, government officials and national media. This landmark conference, which brought together leading experts from across China, as well as international speakers from six countries, will advance the move towards more humane and sustainable farm animal welfare in China.

WSPA helps shoppers find humane foods
As part of our campaign to put an end to the cruel and unsustainable practices of factory farming, WSPA USA’s EatHumane.org is making it easier for shoppers to find animal-friendly products at the supermarket with a food label classification system and searchable database of humane foods at major US grocery stores. An ever-increasing array of food product labels that make claims about human nutrition, environmental protection and animal welfare leave many shoppers confused about how to make the most humane choices when buying animal products. Generally animals raised under humane food programs are given access to sunlight, fresh air, and freedom of movement. Now before grabbing their grocery carts, shoppers can search their local store online to find food products and see how their store compares to others.

New livestock teaching farm opens in Indonesia
A new livestock teaching farm has opened in Banda Aceh, Indonesia to replace the previous facility destroyed by 2004’s tsunami. The opening of the new farm on May 3rd marks a step towards the full recovery of animal welfare facilities in the devastated region. Livestock veterinary skills are greatly needed in a region where people rely on their animals for their livelihoods. Not only will the new farm be an effective teaching unit, it will also provide good animal welfare for the animal inhabitants. WSPA, HSI and Giant Steps have co-funded the member society-led construction project, plus support to introduce and implement the veterinary teaching syllabus for animal welfare: Concepts in Animal Welfare.

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.

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. The measure on Ohio’s November 2010 ballot, if passed, will require the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to implement certain minimum humane care standards that will prevent animal cruelty, improve health and food safety, support family farms and safeguard the environment throughout the state of Ohio. Cows too sick or injured to stand or walk on their own should be humanely euthanized, not inhumanely dragged or pushed onto the kill floor to be used for human consumption.

WSPA pays tribute to animal welfare pioneer
An unassuming animal welfare champion, Peter was a dairy farmer who became appalled at the direction of post-war farming in terms of animal welfare. In 1967, he set up CIWF, to rally against the cages and crates that were being used so prevalently to house farm animals. He saw CIWF grow from a personal protest in his back room to the leading international force for farm animal welfare that it is today. WSPA is proud to work with CIWF, a key partner in the FarmWatch campaign. He built an organization from scratch that is now one of the most formidable in the world for protecting farm animals.

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. In many of these countries the practice of cruel, intensive factory farming is exploding. The project will act as a flagship example of alternative farming systems for chickens, pigs and cows that adhere to improved welfare standards. The project also aims to raise awareness of inhumane farming practices and encourages Brazilian and Chinese consumers to purchase meats, milks and eggs that have been reared on farms that take the animal’s welfare into consideration.

WSPA urges support for Massachusetts bill to protect farm animals
The extreme confinement of farm animals causes unimaginable suffering and is perhaps one of the worst abuses associated with industrialized – or “factory” – farming. In Massachusetts alone, 17,000 egg-laying hens are crammed into tiny, overcrowded cages that render the animals virtually immobile for their entire lives. Female breeding pigs spend nearly 80% of their lives confined to stalls so small that they cannot move. It’s time for Massachusetts to join the national movement and end the cruel confinement of farm animals. Remember, you have to be a resident of Massachusetts in order to contact your state legislators about this bill.

Major partnership to stop bear farming in Asia
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Calvin Ayre Foundation, which has agreed to support WSPA’s campaign to end the cruel practice of farming Asian bears for their bile. Bear bile is believed to have medicinal properties, and since the 1980s bile has been extracted from live bears kept on bear farms. For animal welfare reasons alone, WSPA believes that the practice of bear farming should be phased out completely. Its use is also unnecessary because there are a large number of equally effective synthetic and herbal alternatives to bear bile.

WSPA endorses Washington initiative to protect hens
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has endorsed a ballot initiative being promoted by Washingtonians for Humane Farms – a coalition of animal protection and environmental groups, family farmers and food safety advocates working to end the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens in tiny cages. The extreme confinement of egg-laying hens causes unimaginable suffering and is perhaps one of the worst abuses associated with industrialized – or “factory” – farms. Please forward this to anyone you know that would be willing to help improve farm animal welfare in Washington – remember, they must be a resident registered in the state of Washington in order to sign the ballot petition.

Microchip project enables new life for farmed bear
An Asiatic black bear held illegally on a bear bile farm is on his way to a sanctuary today, thanks to a WSPA-funded microchipping and monitoring program. In 2005, the Vietnamese government banned the extraction of bile from bears in farms and outlawed the trading of bile products, a major step towards closing this unnecessary industry for good. Thanks to the new laws, the microchipped bear population would no longer suffer the painful process of bile extraction. Despite the government’s commitment to phasing out bear farming, the sad reality in Vietnam today is that the enforcement of laws against bear bile needs to be strengthened.

Tiffani Thiessen teams with WSPA to educate consumers on choosing humane foods
Actress Tiffani Thiessen, star of the TV series “White Collar,” has taped a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) for WSPA to educate the public about reading labels on meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products to see which ones signify that animals were raised humanely. It’s important that people make educated choices when buying food, which can be confusing and misleading with the food labeling system. Factory farms use intensive “production line” methods to maximize the amount of meat produced, while minimizing costs. They keep animals together in unnaturally large numbers, creating a large amount of waste that creates an environmental problem.

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