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2007 Achievements: The first six months

In the first six months of 2007, WPSA has had a number of hugely significant successes for animal welfare.

Act now to stop animal cloning

In a few short months, consumers like you may unknowingly purchase food from cloned animals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to announce that animals can be cloned for food and sold without labels indicating the origin.

Activists target Canada's foie gras center

Recently, WSPA Member Societies Global Action Network (Canada) and Farm Sanctuary (United States) embarked on an extensive undercover investigation of Canada's largest foie gras farm, Elevages Perigord located near Montreal, Quebec.

Advice from WSPA for World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day (September 8th 2007) is about raising global awareness on a preventable disease.

An end to Whaling in Iceland

WSPA is celebrating the Icelandic government’s decision to not issue new whale-hunting quotas.

Animal Fighting and Prohibition Act Passed

Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act signed into law by President Bush

Animal protection breakthrough in Taiwan

A hard hitting video campaign has achieved a major step forward in animal protection in Taiwan.

Animals vital to recovery of cyclone-shattered Bangladesh

WSPA will assess the impact of cyclone Sidr on the animals vital to the survival and recovery of local communities.

Bear cub rescued by Tennessee Member Society

WSPA recently received a letter from Lisa Stewart, the curator of our member society the Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) in Townsend, Tennessee. ABR is a unique black bear rehabilitation facility located in the Smokey Mountains that has been rescuing and releasing bears for over a decade.

Campaign to stop pig cruelty in Taiwan

Shocking undercover film showing cruel practices in Taiwan’s slaughterhouses has increased pressure on the government to enforce humane practices.

Cattle die in severe floods

A national disaster has been declared in Bolivia after flooding and rain severely affected humans and animals.

Celebrities bring media attention to Japanese dolphin slaughter

In late October, celebrity activists attracted international media attention when they paddled through waters stained with blood to honor the spirits of thousands of dolphins killed in Taiji, Japan each year during the village's annual “drive fisheries” slaughter.

Croatia rejects dolphinarium

WSPA applauds our member society Animal Friends Croatia for a successful lobbying campaign to prevent the opening of a dolphinarium in the Croatian town of Vodnjan.

Disaster Alert

WSPA staff throughout the world are monitoring current and impending disaster situations for any animal welfare needs.

Disaster relief for pets helps people too in aftermath of Hurricane Dean

Jamaica to pilot innovative disaster preparedness program for pets

Dolphin mortality high at Las Vegas exhibit

Eleven of sixteen dolphins housed in The Mirage's Dolphin Habitat have died since the facility opened in 1990, according to federal records and interviews with resort officials.

European Union agrees to complete ban on dog and cat fur

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on the import, export and sale of dog and cat fur across the EU.

Factory farming encourages global poverty

A new report by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) says that factory farming is part and parcel of the poverty problem.

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.

Government vets back move against animal cruelty

Chief Veterinary Officers from across the world are backing the move towards a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, which is supported by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and is being recognized by a growing number of government authorities and international organizations.

Help give California farm animals some freedom

Californians for Humane Farms is leading an historic effort on behalf of farm animals in California.

Help WSPA end cruel contest in Taiwan

The over feeding and force feeding of pigs for this contest causes extreme suffering, followed by an inhumane slaughter.

Humane slaughter agreement signed In China

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on humane slaughter programs in China was signed on Saturday February 10th.

International Animal Welfare conference in Uruguay

WSPA’s Chief Veterinary Adviser will be addressing an international animal welfare conference in Latin America this week.

Japanese dolphin slaughter protests on September 25, 2007

This year on September 25th, WSPA and dolphin advocates around the world will stage an international day of protest against Japan's bloody drive fisheries.

Listen to an interview with WSPA's bear expert!

He's rescued bears from some of the cruelest situations in the world, conducted dangerous undercover investigations, and traveled around the globe. Now, you can hear his radio interview.

Major partnership to stop bear farming in Asia

WSPA is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Calvin Ayre Foundation, in support of WSPA’s campaign to end bear farming.

New book focuses attention on stray dogs in Puerto Rico and Mexico

Street Dogs, a remarkable new book of portraits by fine art photographer Traer Scott, is helping raise money for WSPA’s work with stray animals.

New livestock teaching farm opens in Indonesia

A livestock teaching farm has opened in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, replacing the facility destroyed by 2004’s tsunami.

Orangutan rescue sanctuary in need of saving

On June 10 (8 PM, EST), Animal Planet will air Orangutan Diaries, a documentary highlighting the work of Nyaru Menteng, an orangutan sanctuary that faces closure due to lack of funding.

Peaceful protest calls for end to cruel contest

On 30 November 2007, the Asian Coalition for Farm Animals presented a life-size pig made of flowers and candy to the San Shia Master Temple in Taiwan, in an appeal to end its cruel Pigs of God contest.

Please sign our anti whaling petition

Norway’s Government has announced that it has caught and killed 592 whales in the 2007 whaling season.

Queen Rania launches center for care of working animals

The Garden Sanctuary for Animal Welfare Center in Amman, Jordan, will offer free animal care to people who depend on animals for their livelihood.

Reducing animal suffering in disaster prone Bangladesh

WSPA will direct its efforts towards sustainable solutions that will reduce the affect of disasters on animals and the communities in Bangladesh.

Spanish state TV stops children from watching bullfights

Bullfighting is recognized as unsuitable viewing for Spanish children.

Speaking out against FDA proposal on food from clones

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a draft proposal which moves the nation closer to the widespread sale of meat and dairy products from animal clones and their offspring.

Sun bear added to Red List of Threatened Species

All bears in South East Asia are now vulnerable to extinction following the recent announcement by The World Conservation Union (IUCN) that the Sun Bear is has joined the Red List of Threatened Species.

Support the Bear Protection Act

End the illegal trade in bear parts and products

Twelve thousand cattle at risk in Argentina

Heavy rains since October 2006 have caused flooding of the lowlands and islands of the Paraná River in the Santa Fe Province of Argentina, with 500,000 cattle at immediate risk and 100,000 already evacuated.

Twister and four other bears set free in Idaho

After a long and bumpy ride, Twister stepped out of her crate, looked around and jumped off the back of the truck that had carried her and four other bears from Idaho Black Bear Rehab (IBBR) into the wilderness outside of Boise. She didn't look back as she dashed down a dirt path and bolted into the woods to begin her new life.

UK member society aids in flood relief

Following the recent flooding across the UK, WSPA member society the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), has deployed inspectors and up to a third of its field workers to the worst hit regions in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire.

UNESCO endorses WSPA education program

The Latin America and Caribbean regional office of UNESCO has endorsed a WSPA animal welfare education program.

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).

World welcomes news that Japan will spare humpbacks

WSPA welcomes the news that Japan is no longer seeking to kill 50 humpback whales in their current Antarctic hunt.

WSPA and Animal Planet take on the illegal wildlife trade

WSPA is helping tackle the ugly world of illegal wildlife trade in Animal Planet’s new series, Crime Scene Wild.

WSPA and Dubai to promote animal welfare

Dubai Municipality and WSPA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective of promoting animal welfare.

WSPA assessing impact of cyclone Sidr on animals in Bangladesh

A WSPA Disaster Assessment and Response Team is assessing the impact of cyclone Sidr on animals in Bangladesh after it hit the country on 15 November.

WSPA battles the elements

A WSPA assessment team has been sent to Bolivia, where an estimated 50,000 cattle have died as a result of flooding.

WSPA brings aid to animals in disaster zones worldwide

Thanks to our supporters and member societies, WSPA has recently been able to come to the aid of thousands of animal victims of natural disasters around the world. Below is an update on our recent completed disaster relief efforts for animals.

WSPA Cheers Bullring Closure Reports

WSPA is delighted by recent news reports that say the last bullring in Barcelona, Spain, is due to close, due to lack of public interest in the cruel spectator sport.

WSPA condemns animal cruelty in Puerto Rico

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) condemns the recent acts of cruelty that caused the deaths of dogs and cats seized from residents of a public housing development and thrown off a bridge in Puerto Rico.

WSPA condemns Japanese whaling fleets

For the first time since the 1960s, humpback whales will be hunted commercially.

WSPA Disaster Relief - UPDATE

WSPA uses its expertise and knowledge to react quickly to disasters all over the world.

WSPA opens office in Asia

HRH Princess Soamsawali of Thailand presided over the official opening of the WSPA Asia Headquarters in Bangkok.

WSPA Opposes Sale of Products from Animal Clones

WSPA has condemned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent move towards allowing the sale of meat and dairy products from animal clones.

WSPA provides primary care for hurricane-stricken animals

More than 6,000 animals received primary veterinary care in the aftermath of Hurricane Felix, which struck one of the poorest areas of Nicaragua.

WSPA responds to disaster alerts in Mexico and Indonesia

WSPA funded veterinarians have been working in partnership with the IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) assessment and intervention team in the region for the last two weeks with success.

WSPA takes action on World Rabies Day

On September 8th 2007, WSPA and Member Societies took action all over the world to mark the first ever World Rabies Day

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