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May 2011

Bali Launches Second Stage of Anti-rabies Campaign

BOSTON, Mass. – The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) welcomes stage two of Bali’s anti-rabies campaign, which will continue to provide rabies vaccinations to the island’s dogs. This stage of this campaign is designed to maintain disease immunity across the island, in keeping with stringent scientific protocols that provide the most effective and humane means to control the disease. Read More>>

WSPA and GRA Promote Higher Animal Welfare Standards in Restaurants

BOSTON, MASS. – Following discussions with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) has changed its “Sustainable Food” requirements so that restaurants must now purchase a portion of their meat, egg and dairy products from humane farms. Read more >>

Animal rescue coalition meets objectives and concludes earthquake relief in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Today, the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) announces that it has successfully met all six objectives outlined in its $1 million agreement with the Haitian government. The overall aim of the relief effort was to improve animal welfare conditions, repair the country’s damaged veterinary capacity and have long-lasting impact for animals and people following the devastating earthquake of 2010. The completion of the objectives marks the end of the coalition’s work in Haiti. Read more >>

April 2011

Tell Mom she's Number 1 with a Really Wild Gift

BOSTON, MASS. – This year, forget the flowers, jewelry and “#1 Mom” coffee mugs – give your mother a meaningful, unique gift that lasts long after May 8 - Mother's Day. Really Wild Gifts, from The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), are socially-conscious, eco-friendly gifts that help save animals from cruelty and abuse. Read more >>

Island-wide Dog Vaccination Campaign in Bali Significantly Decreases Rabies Cases

BOSTON, MASS. – The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), along with the Bali Provincial Authorities and WSPA partner the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), is celebrating an important milestone in Bali’s historic campaign to eradicate rabies. During the past year, teams of trained animal handlers vaccinated approximately 210,000 dogs – 70% of the estimated total dog population – in 4,126 villages across Bali, marking the completion of the first phase of the island’s anti-rabies campaign. Read more >>

Norwegians Lose their Appetite for Whale Meat

BOSTON, MASS. – Today, during the first week of the Norwegian whaling season, three animal welfare organizations released a new economic study, revealing that the Norwegian public’s appetite for whale meat is at an all-time low. The report – from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), NOAH-for dyrs rettigheter and Dyrebeskyttelsen Norge – also indicates that Norway’s whaling industry is unlikely to survive without substantial financial support at taxpayers’ expense. Read more >>

March 2011

WSPA Announces Plans to Assist Thousands of Animals in Japan

BOSTON, MASS. – The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) today committed $150,000 to assist Japan’s Animal Disaster Response Team (ADRT) – a group of local animal groups, including WSPA’s local member society, the Japan Animal Welfare Society (JAWS) – in providing relief to the thousands of animals affected by the recent disasters. Read more >>

Vietnamese Government Increases Efforts to End Bear Bile Tourism 

HANOI The Vietnamese government has announced a crackdown on illegal bear bile tourism, following reports of bile extraction for tourists by the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) member society, Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV). Read More>>

February 2011

USDA Urged to Adopt Rules to Ensure Animals for Export are Fit to Travel

Washington, D.C. – The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to amend the U.S. animal export regulations to include “fitness to travel” requirements for all farmed animals exported to any foreign country except those traveling overland to Canada or Mexico.  AWI and WSPA are recommending that the USDA adopt the fitness requirements included in the animal transport standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (or “OIE”). Read more>>

WSPA Celebrates Valentine's Day with New "Really Wild Gifts"

BOSTON, MA: Really Wild Gifts, from The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), are socially-conscious, eco-friendly gifts that help save animals from cruelty and abuse. Simply visit www.ReallyWildGifts.org, select an animal and donation amount, and we’ll send your loved one an e-card describing how the gift will help animals around the world – such as delivering aid to animals after disasters, building sanctuaries and funding mobile veterinary clinics. Read more >>

January 2011

One Year Later: The Impact of Animal Relief Efforts in Haiti

BOSTON, MA: Immediately following the earthquake in Haiti last year, the World Society of the Protection of Animals (WSPA) co-founded the first-ever animal relief coalition, comprised of more than 20 of the world’s leading animal protection organizations. For the past year, the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) has worked very closely with Haitian government officials, the United Nations and other international agencies to treat the country's surviving animal population and fix its broken veterinary infrastructure. Read more >>

 

December 2010

Holiday Cruelty: WSPA Investigation Exposes Harsh Reality

BOSTON, MA:  As cheerful images of reindeer appear on TV and in shopping mall displays this holiday season, an investigation by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) exposes a grim counterpoint: reindeer suffering as they are rounded up in large numbers, transported and slaughtered in Sweden and Finland. Footage from the investigation, released today, shows the extreme distress experienced by reindeer at every stage of the commercial husbandry process. Read more >> 

 

November 2010

WSPA adds 300 new restaurants to its Eat Humane Guide

Boston, MA: Just in time for the holiday season, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) announced today a new and improved version of its Eat Humane restaurant guide. Featuring 300 new restaurants, the guide now offers consumers more options for eating at establishments that serve at least one humanely-raised item on the menu. Read more >>   

WSPA-funded sanctuary provides safe haven for bears rescued from the cruel “sport” of bear baiting

Boston, MA: Today, just three months after the devastating floods in Pakistan, a new sanctuary opened in Balkasar to provide a safe haven for 60-70 bears who are still being used for bear baiting – a cruel and illegal blood sport. The sanctuary’s first residents are Babu, Sohrab and Maylu – the three bears rescued from Kund Park, Pakistan’s only other refuge for fighting bears, which was destroyed during the floods in August. Read More >>

 

October 2010

Boston joins worldwide protest of Japan's dolphin slaughter

Boston, MA: Supporters of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition (MARC) and Cetacean Society International (CSI) will today join the 6th annual international protest to denounce Japan’s dolphin slaughter during “Japan Dolphin Day”. The Boston demonstration will be held at noon in front of the Japanese Consulate at Federal Reserve Plaza, 600 Atlantic Avenue. Read more >>



September 2010

Bali launches island-wide campaign to eradicate rabies

Denpasar, Bali: The Bali government today signed an agreement authorizing a mass vaccination campaign to immunize nearly 400,000 dogs. The new, island-wide program is being funded by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), working closely with the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA,) and is an essential first step toward the government’s goal to eradicate rabies from the island by 2012. Read more >>

Dallas Cowboy Igor Olshansky partners with WSPA to tackle animal cruelty

Boston, MA: He has sacked some of the greatest quarterbacks in the entire National Football League (NFL), but now Igor Olshansky wants to tackle an even bigger challenge: global animal cruelty. In a video launched at AnimalsMatterToMe.org, the Dallas Cowboy defensive end pledged his support for the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) “Animals Matter to Me” campaign. Read more >>

 

August 2010

Heifer International joins WSPA’s growing “Animals Matter to Me” community

Boston, MA: Joining more than 2.2 million people and organizations worldwide, Heifer International today signed on to support the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) “Animals Matter to Me” campaign – a movement to encourage changes in policies and legislation to improve animal welfare, worldwide. Read more >>

 

July 2010
Catalonian Parliament votes to abolish bullfighting in the region

Barcelona, Spain: The Catalonian Parliament has today voted in favor of amending the current animal protection legislation to abolish bullfighting in the region. The vote - passed with 68 MPs voting in favor of the ban, while 55 voted against it - is being hailed as a historical victory and vindication for Catalonian citizens who called on their Parliament to amend the legislation to include bulls in the animal protection law. Read more >>



WSPA hands over 140,000 signatures to the Catalonian Parliament

Barcelona, Spain: The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) today handed over a letter, signed by more than 140,000 supporters from 120 countries, to Ernest Benach, President of the Catalonian Parliament. The letter is addressed to all Catalonian Members of Parliament, expressing international support for the popular initiative (ILP) and calling for an end to bullfighting in Catalonia. Read more >>

Mounting support calling for the Catalonian Parliament to abolish bullfighting

Barcelona, Spain - A week before the Catalonian Parliament votes on whether to end bullfighting in Catalonia, national and international support calling for the abolition of bullfighting is intensifying. Read more >> 

A six-month update: ARCH leads animal welfare efforts and accomplishments in Haiti

Boston, MA – Following the January 12 earthquake, a number of humanitarian organizations came to the aid of the Haitian people. But only one coalition took on the challenge of addressing the needs of the surviving animal population. The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH,) which was formed just days after the quake by the World Society of the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW,) has treated more than 25,000 animals in the hardest-hit areas of the country. Read more >>

 

June 2010
Tragic day for humpback whales

Agadir, Morocco - The International Whaling Commission today buckled under pressure from Denmark when it narrowly approved a proposal for Greenland to hunt 9 humpback each year for the next three years, supposedly for subsistence use. The World Society for the Protection of Animals strongly condemns the move. Read more >>

The whales granted a reprieve at the International Whaling Commission

Agadir, Morocco –  After two days behind closed doors, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has failed to reach consensus on the future of whaling and therefore postponed a vote that could have seen an increase in commercial whaling quotas for the first time in 25 years. WSPA is happy that the whales have been given a reprieve and urge the IWC member states to use the “cooling off period” to consider the inherent cruelty of whaling. Read more >>

Animals matter to broadway star John Tartaglia

Boston, MA  --  Tony Award (Avenue Q) and Emmy Award (Johnny and the Sprites) nominated John Tartaglia, the creative force behind the current off-Broadway hit John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean, has pledged his support to the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) “Animals Matter to Me” campaign. Read more >>

New footage of norwegian whaling shows why ban must remain in place

London, UK -- Appalling new footage released today by animal protection groups shows the brutal reality of whaling in Norway, and demonstrates why the international ban on commercial whaling must be enforced - not lifted. Read more >>

Ricky Gervais partners with WSPA to end bullfighting

Boston, MA  -- Today, actor, producer and writer Ricky Gervais has partnered with the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to call for an end to the cruel practice of bullfighting, and urge tourists to stop supporting such brutality on their travels. Read more >>

May 2010
Animals matter to Tiffani Thiessen and Audrey Landers

Boston, MA -- Actress Tiffani Thiessen (“White Collar,” “Beverly Hills 90210”) and actress, singer and fashion designer Audrey Landers (“Burn Notice,” “Dallas”) have pledged their support for the World Society for the Protection of Animals’ (WSPA) “Animals Matter to Me” campaign. Their personal videos about why animals matter to them launched today at www.AnimalsMattertoMe.org, where other celebrities - including Simon Cowell and Leona Lewis - have already endorsed an international recognition to end animal cruelty and support animal welfare. Read more >>

Sit, stay and roll over laughing for the World Society for the Protection of Animals

Boston, MA/Universal City, CA -- Comedian Claude Stuart has assembled a lineup of fellow stand-up comedians for “Animals of Comedy,” a one-night-only special event to benefit the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club on Sunday, May 16, at 8:00 PM. Read more >>

New WSPA iPhone App puts humane food options in the hands of consumers

Boston, MA -- Trying to find humane food at your local grocery store or restaurant? There’s an app for that. Today, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) launched its first-ever iPhone application, Eat Humane Food Guide. The free app makes it quick and easy for consumers to find humanely-raised food products at grocery stores and restaurants - offering a simple, yet powerful way for them to help support the welfare of animals and the environment. Read more >>

 

April 2010
Disastrous proposal from IWC could harpoon commercial whaling ban

London, England - On April 22, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) is set to publish a proposal which, reports suggest, would destroy the 24-year ban on commercial whaling. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is outraged by the plan, which fails to acknowledge the fundamental problem with commercial whaling: that it is inherently inhumane. Read more >>

Actress Tiffani Thiessen teams with WSPA to educate consumers on choosing humane foods

Boston, MA - Actress Tiffani Thiessen, who stars on the television series “White Collar,” has joined the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) to help spread the word about the organization’s Eat Humane (EatHumane.org) campaign. Thiessen 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. The PSA will start running this month around the country; it can be seen starting today at www.EatHumane.org or www.wspa-usa.org. Read more >>

 

March 2010
Easter eggs that are better for animals and the environment

Boston, MA - With egg sales at a high this Easter holiday season, The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is asking consumers to choose eggs that come from animals who were humanely raised. This is a simple yet powerful way to make a difference for the welfare of animals and the environment. Read more >>

Animals matter to Simon Cowell

Boston, MA - Simon Cowell has pledged his support for the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and its campaign to get international recognition for animal welfare. WSPA hopes that more people will follow Cowell’s lead and tell governments worldwide why animals matter to them - and to the world. Read more >>

Animal groups pledge $1.1M dollars for long-term animal relief efforts in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Haiti - The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) announced a $1.1 million-dollar agreement with the Haitian government aimed at improving animal welfare conditions and repairing the country’s damaged veterinary capacity in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of January 12. The coalition was formed by more than 20 of the world’s leading animal welfare groups and is jointly led by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Read more >>

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