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Supermarkets pledge to help WSPA end long-distance transport of live animals
Hawaii-based stores will no longer purchase pork from pigs shipped live from mainland U.S. Two supermarket chains in Hawaii – Foodland Super Market Ltd and Times Supermarkets – have agreed to no longer purchase pork products from pigs transported live from the mainland U.S. to Hawaii for slaughter, citing animal welfare reasons for their change. The supermarket chains decided to adjust their pork purchasing policies in light of WSPA’s recent “No Paradise for Pigs” investigation, which focuses on the transport of thousands of pigs from mainland U.S. to Hawaii every year. WSPA encourages Hawaii-based retailers to consider safer and more humane approaches – such as supplementing local production with imported, USDA-certified chilled and frozen meat from animals raised and killed humanely in mainland U.S.

WSPA announces new Director General
Peter’s retirement marks the end of a very successful chapter for the organization, during which WSPA saw massive growth and development – not just in size, but in capacity and ability to influence policy and legislation worldwide. Peter Davies said, “When I reflect on my time here, there is much WSPA has to be proud of – not least our creation of this truly global animal welfare movement. Today, WSPA has a presence in over 150 countries around the world and the commitment displayed by every member of this alliance has allowed for some truly impressive achievements – the sound of so many voices speaking on individual issues has been a powerful tool for advancing global animal welfare.” Through partnership with hundreds of member societies we strive to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

Going the distance for transported animals
Over the last two years, the Handle with Care coalition campaign – led by WSPA – has successfully worked towards an end to the long distance transport of live animals. WSPA owes a big thanks to all our dedicated supporters who took action and made donations. The coalition swiftly mobilised national and international support for animals when news broke of a possible resumption in sheep exports from New Zealand to Saudi Arabia. Live animal transport is a big industry with many powerful stakeholders, but thanks to you – the campaign’s many supporters – Handle with Care has managed to place animal welfare at the heart of the debate. After a huge amount achieved together, the coalition members are now carrying on individual or joint campaigns in the areas where they can bring the greatest benefit to animals.

Egypt hosts meeting on animal transport
This month, a conference in Cairo explored the relationship between Islam, animal welfare, and the long distance transport of animals for slaughter. The eminence of the speakers reflected how seriously the debate is being taken in the region. At the end of the conference, delegates agreed that the teachings of the Qur'an and the internationally agreed OIE guidelines on transport and slaughter basically address the same issues. This is a solid foundation for the Handle with Care campaign to build on. The suspension of the import of live animals from Syria due to animal disease was also cited as a reason why reliance on live animal imports was unwise.

WSPA Board and Advisory Council announced
Mark Watts, Cecilia Vega Leon and Chinny Krishna WSPA welcomed three new Board members at the 2008 annual general meeting, held on June 3. Cecilia Vega Leon (Mexico), Chinny Krishna (India) and Mark Watts (UK) will also serve on the Advisory Council. The new Board members join some experienced colleagues. Following the meeting, the Board elected new WSPA Officers for the coming year: Dominique Bellemare (Canada) as President, Professor Ranald Munro (UK), as Senior Vice President Hanja Maji-Weggen (Netherlands) as Junior Vice President, Andrew Rowan (USA) as Treasurer and Peter Mason (New Zealand) as Secretary. Read more about WSPA, who we are and what we do >>

European Commission acknowledges need to handle with care
The European Commission has publicly responded to the WSPA-led Handle with Care coalition’s demands for better enforcement of existing EU legislation on animal transportation and - in the longer term - a complete end to long distance transport. While the EU has good legislation setting out the conditions for live transport, all too often these are not enforced, with grim consequences for the animals. With chilled and frozen meats - slaughtered humanely close to the point of rearing - widely available, this cruelty is not even necessary to deliver fresh meat to consumers. The Handle with Care website provides information, news and ways to get involved in campaigning against this cruel and unnecessary form of animal cruelty.

Protecting pigs: major live importer to end shipments
Recent campaign activity has taken the Handle with Care coalition – which seeks to end the cruelty of long distance transport for slaughter – a step closer to stopping live pig imports from the US mainland to Hawaii. After a targeted advertising campaign and a legal petition – questioning the labelling of meat from transported animals as ‘Island-produced pork’ – the largest importer has now indicated it will stop importing live pigs to Hawaii. Handle with Care’s legal petition, filed with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, asks for an investigation into the labelling of meat from imported animals as ‘island produced’. The print ad included a clip-out coupon to send to the three Hawaiian grocery store chains that sell pork from imported pigs with ‘island produced’ labels, and online petitions targeting the stores were produced by coalition members in the USA.

Join WSPA’s Global Humane Chain to end live animal exports in Australia
Tell the Australian government that people all around the world want a permanent ban on live cattle exports. WSPA has launched a worldwide campaign, calling on supporters to tell the Australian government to end live animal exports for good. By adding your photo to our virtual Global Humane Chain, you can show them that the world is watching and urging them to do the right thing. It’s time to tell the Australian government that the world is watching and we will not put up with its excuses any longer. Add your photo today to be part of this global petition calling on the Australian government to end live exports once and for all.

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.

WSPA names Disaster Management Director
For more than 25 years WSPA has worked with the animal victims of disasters, and is often the first, and sometimes the only organization that will go to the heart of a disaster to save animals. This aspect of WSPA's work can be traced back to a landmark project in 1964 when WSPA staff directed the successful rescue and relocation of almost 10,000 animals in Suriname, South America, when 600 square miles of rain forest was purposely flooded during the construction of a hydroelectric dam. In addition to deploying disaster relief teams, WSPA has also implemented numerous long-term recovery projects to assist in affected areas.

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.”

Global reach: WSPA celebrates 1,000 member societies
WSPA, the world’s largest alliance of animal welfare organisations, has grown to a total of 1,012 members. The 19 newest member societies will help strengthen the global animal welfare movement, changing many animals’ lives for the better. Since its inception in 1981, WSPA has worked in partnership with hundreds of member societies in over 150 countries. Peter Davies, Director General of WSPA, commented on the landmark: “Our mission at WSPA has been to build a global animal welfare movement and this is a very significant milestone for us. One WSPA-led campaign involving many of our member societies is calling for international recognition that animals matter.

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