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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.

New executive director takes the helm at WSPA USA
Dr. Kornberg is a pediatrician by training and comes to WSPA following his successful tenure as chief executive officer at Network Health, a rapidly growing managed health care plan. In recent years, Dr. Kornberg has become involved in the animal welfare movement, volunteering his expertise on issues ranging from the use of vivisection at medical schools, to examining the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse. Professionally, Dr. Kornberg has over 20 years of experience as a practicing pediatrician and as a senior-level health care executive. He also holds a Master's degree in business administration. “Allan's expertise in strategic planning and his passion for animal welfare will enhance our effectiveness and allow us to expand our efforts to help animals,” said Major General Peter Davies, CB, WSPA director general.

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 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.

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.

WSPA Opposes Sale of Products from Animal Clones
WSPA, the world’s largest federation of animal welfare organizations, urges the public to take action in the wake of the draft assessment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which moves the nation closer to the widespread sale of meat and dairy products from animal clones and their offspring. He also noted that many of the animals being cloned are those with particularly high productivity, such as cows with excessively large udders that produce more milk but also suffer from major leg problems and painful diseases. Check out our Urgent Action Needed section to learn how you can take express your views on products of animal clones.

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, comprehensive text on long distance transport launched
Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals – the book that provides the scientific basis of the Handle with Care campaign – was launched at the 76th General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris. The largest and most comprehensive academic reference text on the long distance transport of animals for slaughter was presented to almost 100 of the world’s Chief Veterinary Officers in a reception on May 26 2008. The reception was also attended by nearly 250 delegates of the general session, including the OIE Director General and Deputy Director General. The following day, Peter Davies, Director General of WSPA, addressed the OIE general session and highlighted the Handle with Care coalition’s global transport campaign.

WSPA opens office in Asia
Tweet On the 13th September 2007, Thailand, HRH Princess Soamsawali of Thailand presided over the official opening of the WSPA Asia Headquarters in Bangkok. This new office allows WSPA Asia to work closely with more than 100 Member Societies from 27 countries in the Asian region. During the opening ceremonies HRH Princess Soamsawali added her name to the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW), which seeks global recognition of the importance of the proper treatment of animals.

WSPA and Dubai to promote animal welfare
Dubai Municipality and the World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share expertise and technical know-how with the objective of promoting animal welfare and humane treatment of animals. Animal health and soundness are essential elements of public health and control of animal diseases that may cause harm or diseases to humans, he noted. The organisations also commits itself to continuous revisions and updating of techniques and programmes delivered. The Municipality will act as a model to the area and work with WSPA to provide training and assistance to other programmes in the region.

Humane slaughter agreement signed In China
The WSPA and the APSRI will work in partnership to provide training and support on the humane transport, handling, stunning and slaughter of farm animals. The organizations will also work with relevant Chinese government agencies to establish humane slaughter legislation and codes of practice. Jia Zili, Director of the APSRI, said: “We are very glad to cooperate with the WSPA, the world’s largest animal welfare organization, to put the humane slaughter training program into practice. The WSPA and the APSRI have been working together to improve animal welfare since 2005. The MoU will mark a significant step forward in developing and improving humane slaughter programs in China, thereby also improving the quality of meat.

Animal welfare network reaches Monserrat
As Montserrat Animal Protection Society (MAPS) became the first animal welfare group in that country to join the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) - the partnership got right to work protecting animals in the wake of renewed volcanic activity this week. MAPS is now one of 762 affiliated organizations in 147 countries benefiting from and sharing expertise in veterinary treatments, campaigning and awareness-raising. WSPA is the world‘s largest alliance of humane societies and animal protection organizations. Through direct field work, campaigning, legislative work, education and training programs, WSPA strives to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

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.

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