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2011 Achievements: Helping Animals around the World

WSPA would like to thank its donors and advocates for their ongoing support and dedication. Watch a video of our 2011 Achievements and see how your support made a difference to animals around the world.

Action Alert: Take another step to stop Icelandic whaling

Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take the necessary steps to certify Iceland under the Pelly Amendment so that President Obama has the right to impose trade sanctions.

Animal welfare is an integral part of global sustainability

WSPA demonstrates the role of animal welfare in humane, sustainable farming at UN meeting

Are You and Your Pets Prepared for a Disaster

Animals are often displaced or abandoned during earthquakes, hurricanes and tornados. Many suffer terribly from injuries, or endure hunger and dehydration. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Watch this animated public service announcement from WSPA, and read more to learn what you can do to protect your pets ahead of an emergency.

Collars not Cruelty in the Fight against Rabies

On World Rabies day, WSPA launches its global Collars Not Cruelty campaign to protect dogs and communities from both cruelty and rabies. We are calling on governments worldwide to tackle rabies through the only humane and effective solution: mass vaccination of dogs.

Dramatic rescue saves cub from 'dancing'

A WSPA local partner has rescued a one year old bear cub from a life of cruelty and pain as a ‘dancing’ bear in India.

EBay amends policy to prohibit pet sales on Korean website

Following discussions with WSPA, eBay decided to amend its policy in Korea to prohibit the sales of pets on its Korean website, Auction.co.kr.

Freedom for three more bears

On Jan. 30, WSPA member society the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) rescued three more bears from bear baiting in Pakistan, and transported them to the newly-opened Balkasar Sanctuary.

Help Protect Captive Tigers Living in the U.S.

Please urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to improve protections for captive tigers in the U.S.

International Animal Charity WSPA Pushes Animal Welfare to the Forefront of IWC agenda

As the world prepares for the 63rd International Whaling Commission (IWC) Annual Meeting, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) – which has offices in the U.S., Europe, Central America and many other areas across the world – has partnered with the UK government to put whale welfare on the agenda.

Japanese whalers conduct first hunts in 2011

Despite a late start to this year’s whaling season, activists have seen a Japanese fleet hunt in a designated sanctuary.

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.

Last ever bullfight in Catalonia

After a successful campaign for a ban, the Spanish region stages its last bullfight.

Latest bear cub rescue: Two sloth bear cubs seized in Orissa

WSPA led an undercover operation in Orissa, India with its local member society, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and the local police to save two sloth bear cubs from a cruel life of bear ‘dancing’.

Leona Lewis Demands "Collars Not Cruelty"

The internationally-renowned singer supports WSPA’s campaign to protect dogs and communities from cruelty and rabies.

Leona Lewis: “Keep Fighting Mega Dairies”

Globally acclaimed singer Leona Lewis has lent her support to a campaign against the spread of industrial dairy farming in Britain.

Making animals matter: 2011 is World Veterinary Year

2011 is World Vet Year and staff from WSPA’s global team will be attending a series of events to boost animal welfare in the veterinary profession around the world.

Namibian seals wanted: alive, not dead

A comprehensive economics study confirms that Namibian seal watching is worth 300 percent more than seal hunting.

New rescues, new hope for bears

There are now ten bears being looked after at Balkasar – an astounding success considering that it is less than the year since the sanctuary was fully completed.

Norwegian whaling season begins as appetite for whale meat fades

Norway’s 2011 whaling season has officially begun ahead of renewed calls for the Norwegian government to rethink its whaling policy.

One year later: WSPA assesses the impact of animal relief work in Haiti

Since last January, WSPA has been on the ground in the Haiti, addressing the needs of its surviving animal population and broken veterinary infrastructure.

Petition to end a captive dolphin program on the Las Vegas strip

Join WSPA in petitioning for the rehabilitation and release of three male dolphins that are being held at the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, and asking The Mirage to discontinue its dolphin program calling.

Red card on cruelty: WSPA asks Ukraine government to end cruel dog kills

WSPA urges the Ukraine government to act on the words of its environment minister by ordering an end to the cruel mass killing of thousands of dogs ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship. The organization is also calling on UEFA to use its influence to ensure that soccer events are never used as an excuse for cruelty in the future.

Sanctuary Life is Good: An Update on the Three Rescued Bears at Balkasar

Six months after their rescue from horrific bear baiting events, Leela, Kaali and Bhoori are enjoying their new freedom.

Supermarkets pledge to help WSPA end long-distance transport of live animals

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.

Surrounded by protests on all sides, Japan quits whale hunt mid-season

Following intense stand-offs with activists, Japan has pulled out of its annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean mid-season.

Take Action: Stop Icelandic Whaling

WSPA and several other groups recently petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Interior to impose trade sanctions against Iceland.

The U.S. takes action against Icelandic whaling

The decision is finally in – the U.S. will use diplomatic measures, not economic sanctions, to impede Iceland's commercial whaling activities.

Two cubs rescued as 100,000 Vietnamese reject bear bile

WSPA partner Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) recently celebrated two important milestones in its work to protect bears – first, the rescue of two bear cubs and, second, receiving its 100,000th pledge against bear bile use.

UN Briefing: Animals are Integral to a Greener Economy

WSPA and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM) recently hosted a series of presentations at the United Nations on the crucial links between livestock production and the green economy.

Victory for Cows in the UK!

After a year of campaigning against Nocton Dairies’ plans for a factory dairy farm in Lincolnshire, England, WSPA is thrilled to announce that the plans have been withdrawn.

Victory: A critical step in ending whaling in Iceland

The U.S. government threatens Iceland with sanctions and urges the country to end its defiant whaling program. Contact President Obama today and urge him to protect whales and enforce sanctions on Iceland.

Victory: Hawaii Legislature does not Pass Slaughterhouse Bill

WSPA is pleased to announce that Hawaii lawmakers did not enact a bill that would have used state funds to purchase a slaughterhouse in Oahu.

Vietnam bears escape life on “farm” after prolonged battle

A lengthy battle by WSPA partner ENV has resulted in three bears being saved from a lifetime of suffering on a bear bile farm.

Whaling countries derail plans for Southern Atlantic Sanctuary

A proposed sanctuary for whales in the South Atlantic has been blocked by pro-whaling nations at the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Whaling Nations Block Progress on Animal Welfare at IWC

Whaling nations at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) rejected recommendations derived from an expert Animal Welfare and Ethics workshop sponsored by WSPA and tabled by the UK government.

WSPA and partners get animal welfare onto Earth Summit agenda

WSPA has succeeded in getting animal welfare integrated into preparations for the upcoming Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

WSPA and the FAO call for global dog population body

International experts identify the need for a technical forum to tackle some of the challenges that face dog population management around the world.

WSPA and True Blood's Kristin Bauer Celebrate Successful Dog Vaccination Project

Kristin Bauer, who plays vampire Pam in the smash-hit series True Blood, announced her support for WSPA’s Collars Not Cruelty campaign after hearing about the brutal ways in which nearly 20 million dogs are killed every year, often in failed attempts to control rabies.

WSPA and UK government push animal welfare to the forefront of IWC agenda

New joint report should spark much-needed progress in the protection of whales from cruelty.

WSPA answers call for help in global floods

Flooding of historic proportions in several parts of the world has required the assistance of WSPA and its member societies in various relief and rescue operations.

WSPA applauds closure of cruel Malaysian zoo

The Malaysian Government has decided to shut down Saleng Zoo in Johor, due to its failure to meet basic animal welfare standards recently introduced into law.

WSPA brings emergency relief to drought-hit Kenyan region

The animals in one of Kenya’s most severely drought-stricken regions have received life-saving treatments in a WSPA-funded Disaster Management operation.

WSPA champions life saving work of vets in Bali on World Vet Day 2011

On World Vet Day (Apr. 30, 2011), WSPA celebrates the work of vets in Bali who have helped achieve a marked decrease in rabies.

WSPA endorses Washington initiative to protect hens

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.

WSPA finds influential, attentive audience at UN sustainability meeting

International governments represented at the UN hear WSPA link animal welfare to sustainability at pre-cursor meeting to Earth Summit 2012

WSPA presents Global Live Export Petition to Australian Government

Since WSPA launched its Humane Chain campaign, more than 170,000 supporters have taken action internationally, calling for an end to the live export trade. In the last month, more than 11,000 people have uploaded photos with arms outstretched to visually represent this call, forming a global ‘Humane Chain’.

WSPA provides aid to animals affected by Colombia’s disaster

Colombia’s end-of-year rainy season, combined with La Niña weather phenomenon, has caused the worst flooding in the country in nearly 40 years. For the past several months, WSPA has been addressing the current animal welfare need in the hardest-hit regions.

WSPA rejects temporary suspension of live cattle exports from Australia to Indonesia

After more than a week of intense public pressure, following the horrific evidence provided by Animals Australia and RSPCA Australia that aired on Four Corners, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a suspension of all live cattle exports to Indonesia

WSPA releases online education resource in three languages

The all-encompassing site champions animal welfare education worldwide.

WSPA supporters help earn victory for sharks

WSPA asked supporters to sign a petition requesting the U.S. Senate’s support for bill S. 850, the Shark Conservation Act of 2009. And, they listened – the bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent and was signed into law by President Obama.

WSPA supporters prompt action to end reindeer cruelty

Thanks to the actions of thousands of WSPA supporters, Swedish and Finnish authorities are taking steps to end reindeer suffering.

WSPA takes welfare message to vets from across the world

International vets hear about WSPA’s work integrating animal welfare in disaster work and education.

WSPA urges support for Massachusetts bill to protect farm animals

WSPA has endorsed the Massachusetts Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which seeks to ban the cruel confinement of veal calves in crates, egg-laying hens in battery cages, and breeding pigs in gestation crates and sow stalls.

WSPA-led Coalition Proudly Completes Operation in Haiti

The Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH) has successfully met all six objectives outlined in its $1 million agreement with the Haitian government.

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