Billionaire surgeon, entrepreneur and inventor Dr. Gary Michelson recently announced that he is offering $25 million to the person or group who can come up with a safe, non-surgical, single dose sterilization method for male and female cats and dogs.
A film has exposed the horrifying extent of animal suffering in Norway’s fur farms, providing a timely reminder of the true cost of fur and fur-trims for all seasonal shoppers.
WSPA and members of the Whalewatch network delivered a super-sized Christmas and New Year card to the governments of Japan, Norway and Iceland with the message: ‘tis the season to stop whaling for good!
WSPA member society the Bioresource Research Center of Pakistan has seen its persistence pay off again this month, as a former bear baiter gave his last remaining bear the chance of a better life at the Kund Park sanctuary.
A recent WSPA grant is helping the Gambian Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) provide college-level training to combat the lack of local animal welfare knowledge and education that results in suffering for hardworking equines.
Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May 2008, causing nearly 85,000 human fatalities. It also destroyed large areas of the Ayeyarwady Delta region and wiped out an estimated 48 million animals, becoming the worst natural disaster in the country's recorded history.
An update from the WSPA DART team, which remains in Myanmar delivering aid and working to improve the health of animals that survived Cyclone Nargis.
November 11 2008: The G77 hosted their first ambassador-level briefing on animal welfare and how it impacts on human livelihoods. WSPA provided the briefing.
The Cambodian government, Animal Welfare Board of India, and Australian Veterinary Association are all calling for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
Update: As a result of last week's successful anti-bullfighting activity in the EU parliament, 95 MEPs and over 1,000 parliament staff signed petitions against bullfighting.
The international campaign against bullfighting gained momentum in South America in November, with the ‘cultural’ argument for bullfighting taking a battering.
WSPA and member society Animales S.O.S. are feeding thousands of animals left stranded during increasingly severe floods in Bolivia which began late last year.
Four sloth bears were rescued from a life spent ‘dancing’ by authorities in Nepal last week, acting on information provided by WSPA member society the Wildlife Trust of India.
Two blind bears that spent their lives in tiny, rusting cages found new homes in the woodland enclosures of the world’s biggest bear sanctuary last week, funded by WSPA.
This week Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supplies made a leap forward for animal wellbeing by stating official support for the development of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
An undercover investigation conducted by WSPA has found evidence to challenge the myth that Greenland’s whaling is exclusively for aboriginal subsistence purposes. Watch undercover footage here.
WSPA welcomes the news that the President of Costa Rica has signed a decree which declares the sea around the country a protected area for whales and dolphins.
Thanks to WSPA supporters and member society EAST, funding has been withdrawn from a cruel weight-based competition that ends with the inhumane slaughter of hundreds of pigs every year.
A dolphin has died during a live stunt show at Discovery Cove, Florida, proving once again that captivity is never acceptable for these intelligent mammals.
A conference in Cairo has explored the relationship between Islam, animal welfare, and the long distance transport of animals for slaughter, putting a spotlight on this cruel and unnecessary trade.
On November 4th voters across the United States turned up in record numbers to make their voices heard for the Presidential election as well as for many crucial state and local initiatives.
On Saturday May 31 the WSPA disaster assessment and response team (DART) entered Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, the low-lying region hardest hit by Cyclone Nargis.
WSPA Asia’s disaster assessment and response team is on the ground in the flood-stricken Bihar region of India, with further specialist veterinary help and medicine on its way.
Andy has gone home after an extensive tour of WSPA USA
In April, world-renowned animal welfare experts traveled to China to take part in a landmark conference on farm animal welfare.
After recommending a voluntary moratorium in 2001, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that it has deemed cloned animals “safe to eat” after seven years of study.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is proposing that dogs in Korea should be re-categorized as livestock, which would give the dog meat trade in South Korea legal status.
Fiji has joined a growing list of governments putting the spotlight on how we care for animals by supporting a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
WSPA member society Bioresource Research Centre in Pakistan has rescued four bears from being used in brutal bear baiting events.
Despite the cyclone season nearing its end, WSPA’s disaster assessment and response teams remain busy across Asia and the Caribbean. Find out more >>
Costa Rican President and Nobel Lauriat, Oscar Arias Sánchez, is the official one millionth signatory to the petition for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
WSPA's Honorary Vice President, Murdaugh Madden, died in Washington, DC on January 13, 2008 at the age of 85.
Inhumane dog culling is continuing in Kerala in an alleged attempt to control rabies. Citizens For Animals and WSPA member society Animal Rescue Kerala have joined forces to draw attention to this cruelty.
On September 3, WSPA and other peaceful protesters will draw attention to secretive and violent hunts that take place in Japanese waters.
WSPA is supporting Network for Animals’ campaign against horse fighting by writing to the Philippine Bureau of Animal Welfare.
A Kenyan form of bullfighting, in which two bulls are encouraged to fight, was prevented from taking place in Nairobi by a network of animal welfare groups.
WSPA’s disaster assessment and response team will deliver US$100,000 of coordinated veterinary aid in Cuba next week. This emergency relief is desperately needed – the country was devastated during hurricane season.
WSPA member society the Bioresource Research Centre Pakistan saved two bears by prevented a bear baiting event in February 2008.
WSPA member society Bioresource Research Center has worked with Pakistan's wildlife authorities to carry out a daring bear cub confiscation.
WSPA today predicted that the parallel impact of the Myanmar disaster on animals and the subsequent affect on people will be catastrophic.
WSPA has re-launched its internationally respected Concepts in Animal Welfare education programme, aimed at veterinary students all over the world.
An up-to-date clinic made possible by a generous supporter is now enabling staff at a WSPA-funded sanctuary in Pakistan to give rescued bears the very best care and treatment.
Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals was launched at the 76th General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
WSPA and the Pan American Health Organization are working towards better care for animals, which can help prevent the development of diseases affecting humans.
WSPA recently submitted public comments in response to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposal to create a new "naturally raised" marketing claim for use on animal products.
A public protest met the start of Catalonia's bullfighting season, which signals the slaughter of over a hundred bulls each year.
Design Against Fur is a poster competition for students, held every year by the Fur Free Alliance. WSPA is a member of the Alliance, which campaigns to bring an end to the killing of animals for their fur.
Norwegian whalers yesterday made the first kill of the season: a calf. Though the majority of Norwegians are against the cruelty inflicted by whaling, Norwegian whalers are set to kill 1,052 whales in the hunts that started on Wednesday morning.
A WSPA-funded program created to manage Colombo’s large stray dog population was officially launched in a participating community yesterday.
Two governments have made the same significant decision: to recognize the global importance of animals by supporting a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
WSPA and member society EAST welcome the government of Taiwan's public confirmation that a ban on live bird markets will come into effect in April 2008.
Urge the Singapore government not to support the cruel practice of capturing wild dolphins to keep them in captivity.
WSPA and member society El Refugio have opened a clinic to help the overloaded and overworked horses of Colombia’s capital.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced its support, in concept, for the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) last week, joining more than 20 other national and international veterinary groups in doing so.
WSPA made recommendations at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's first ever meeting dedicated to discussing the implementation of good animal welfare practices on Monday, September 29.
When Lone Dröscher Nielsen first saw Peanut, the little orangutan was so small that Lone - the founder and manager of the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary - had no hesitation in choosing a name for her.
An emergency veterinary team is on stand-by in Thailand, awaiting approval to enter cyclone struck Myanmar (Burma)
Rabies, though preventable, kills 55,000 people and countless dogs every year. Often, governments respond by shooting or poisoning dogs. On 28 September, WSPA will be raising awareness about more humane solutions.
Read about WSPA's 2008 Achievements for Animals.
WSPA and member society PAE bring supplies for animals affected by the Tungurahua volcano.
WSPA welcomed three new Board members at June's annual general meeting: Cecilia Vega Leon (Mexico), Chinny Krishna (India) and Mark Watts (UK).
In March 2008, WSPA began investigating claims that a mass 'cat cull' was planned in China in advance of the Olympic Games, as was reported in several news sources.
In 2007, artist Guillermo Vargas showed an emaciated live dog in an art show. WSPA and the Honduras Association for the Protection of Animals and their Environment have acted to prevent a repetition of this cruelty.
Industrial leaders meeting at the G8 summit this week again failed the people hardest hit by the current food crisis, failing to recognize the damage done by factory farming.
WSPA is deeply concerned by reports that China is culling cats in its capital city in advance of the Olympic Games in August.
Update: WSPA met last week with officials from Quang Ninh Provincial Government, urging them to ensure that the bears are placed into a sanctuary and offering our help.
WSPA is attending the International Whaling Commission's anuual meeting to lobby for a continued ban on commercial whaling on welfare grounds and for a change in IWC focus.
A WSPA investigation has acted to convince commissioners at the International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting to vote ‘no’ to including ten humpbacks in Greenland’s whaling quota.