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WSPA releases online education resource in three languages
The content forms part of the existing Animal Welfare Online site and also acts as a resource bank for other individuals and organizations involved in animal welfare and humane education that have produced high-quality and effective resources. The events page highlights upcoming education events worldwide where humane and animal welfare themes are paramount, while the news page showcases global animal welfare education successes that are replicable in other communities. One current example demonstrating the importance of FCAW comes to us from Costa Rica, where an educational project in a community of scarce economic resources demonstrates that young people can leave behind problems like drugs and lack of opportunities by taking care of their animals.

UNESCO endorses WSPA education program
The program is based on a similar animal welfare education program that has been successful in Costa Rica for over 16 years. Endorsement by the regional office of UNESCO based in Santiago, Chile will help to advance embedding of animal welfare and humane education in primary schools across the country. In 2006 the education system of Chile was analyzed to identify in which subjects in the primary school curriculum animal welfare topics could be integrated. During the workshops teachers receive resource packs containing education materials, which they will use to implement animal welfare activities in their lessons. UNESCO’s policy of sharing best education practice worldwide in addition to stimulating experimentation, innovation and policy dialogue is important to WSPA; it is through raising awareness, promoting dialogue, critical thinking, legislative and policy changes that a change in people’s attitudes towards animals is brought about.

100,000 dogs walk in WSPA's virtual dog march
Today, more than 100,000 virtual dogs are marching across the Internet to deliver a global message: Use collars, not cruelty, in the fight against rabies. The dogs – who were named and virtually “collared” by WSPA advocates around the world – represent the strong global support for our Collars Not Cruelty campaign, which promotes vaccination as an alternative to killing dogs in misguided attempts to control rabies. The organization most recently carried out a mass vaccination project in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where it immunized more than 70 percent of the dog population; each dog was given a red collar to show local community members it was vaccinated.

Rabies alert level lowered after dog vaccination success in Bali
The Bali Health Agency has lowered the rabies alert level on the island following a successful dog vaccination program, pioneered by WSPA. The Jakarta Globe recently reported a significant drop in human rabies deaths on the island, down from 83 in 2010 to 26 in 2011. WSPA quickly stepped in, promoting mass vaccination as the only effective way to control rabies and encouraging officials to stop the mass killing of dogs on the island. Not only has the human death rate from rabies on the island dropped by almost 70%, but hundreds of thousands of dogs’ lives have been saved.

WSPA supports campaign to protect dogs in Missouri
If passed, the measure would end the inhumane treatment and needless suffering of tens of thousands of dogs in Missouri’s 3,000 puppy mills, by establishing humane care standards and regulating inhumane, large-scale breeding facilities. B would help ensure that large-scale commercial breeding operations do not prioritize profit over the dogs’ well-being by limiting the number of breeding dogs they house. This would also prevent facilities from becoming overcrowded and ensure that the individual needs of each animal can be sufficiently met. When these animals can no longer be used for breeding, they no longer provide a profit and are often cruelly killed.

Member society wades in after storms hit Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka was in a state of emergency recently after heavy storms buffeted the island, resulting in flash floods and landslides. WSPA member society, Blue Paw Trust, recognized that a number of animals were also being affected by the severe weather conditions and sent a mobile veterinary unit into the Puttalam District, North of Colombo, to assist in animal rescue and rehabilitation. Blue Paw Trust exists to create a better world for animals, for example providing pregnancy diagnosis to cattle, treating sick cattle goats and pigs and giving veterinary advice to farmers, all of which are vital to Sri Lankan communities.

Thousands of dogs suffer needless cull
This kneejerk reaction to reported human rabies cases ignores all evidence that a humane dog vaccination and public education program is the only effective way to combat the spread of this potentially fatal disease. This would take the form of a comprehensive and humane strategy, combining public education on avoiding rabies and responsible pet ownership with a mass dog vaccination program. By eventually eradicating the spread of rabies in dogs, the people of Hanzhong would be safer from this disease without resorting to acute and widespread animal suffering. Experts recently completed drafting the country's first animal protection law; they are now revising it before submission to government and congress authorities.

Tiffani Thiessen teams with WSPA to educate consumers on choosing humane foods
Actress Tiffani Thiessen, star of the TV series “White Collar,” has 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. It’s important that people make educated choices when buying food, which can be confusing and misleading with the food labeling system. Factory farms use intensive “production line” methods to maximize the amount of meat produced, while minimizing costs. They keep animals together in unnaturally large numbers, creating a large amount of waste that creates an environmental problem.

Member society’s dedication saves cubs from bear baiting
Their own safety was threatened as they rescued two bear cubs from poachers in Pakistan. In the same month, the dangers inherent in their vital work inspired BRC to hold a ceremony applauding the wildlife department field staff that work alongside them; some of whom have been tortured as they protected bear welfare. Sukkur is an area of Pakistan with a very high density of bear baiting events, but Wildlife Division staff are making life increasingly difficult for the landlords organizing bear baiting events. The field staff promised to keep going despite all the dangers, demonstrating what can only be called exceptional commitment to animal welfare.

WSPA launches new website to educate Traditional Asian Medicine users on bear farming
More than 12,000 endangered Asiatic black bears are cruelly confined in bear farms, facilities at which many are kept in tiny cages and their bile is regularly extracted and sold for use in Traditional Asian Medicine (TAM). WSPA has encouraged traditional medicine groups worldwide to support a statement agreeing that there are good herbal alternatives to bear bile - 71 traditional Asian medicine associations from eight countries have already expressed their support. The letters sent to retailers will include a link for retailers to learn more about bear farming and obtain a template letter (in English or Chinese) that they can use when contacting Chinese companies about their bear bile policies.

WSPA takes action on World Rabies Day
Dogs suffer abuse and persecution that stems from being the main source of rabies in humans, as well as the agony of the disease itself. In many countries, governments try to control rabies by culling the dog population using cruel methods. Our best hope for an end to rabies is to vaccinate enough dogs and to educate vulnerable people about how to prevent it. Many of our responsible pet ownership programmes are considered by governments to be part of their rabies control strategies. Before the campaign, many people had never even heard of rabies and did not realise the importance of vaccinating dogs.

Bear cub rescued by Tennessee Member Society
ABR is a unique black bear rehabilitation facility located in the Smokey Mountains that has been rescuing and releasing bears for over a decade. Lisa wrote to WSPA to let us know about their latest bear cub and his journey to recovery at ABR. The other day he bit me and huffed at me, but the bite was not as bad as that of a mosquito and the "huff" was more like a tiny sneeze. It breaks my heart to know that there are so many more out there that we haven't found yet, and I wish we could help them all.

WSPA and True Blood's Kristin Bauer Celebrate Successful Dog Vaccination Project
Bauer, who plays vampire Pam in the smash-hit series True Blood, announced her support for WSPA’s campaign after hearing about the brutal ways in which nearly 20 million dogs are killed every year, often in failed attempts to control rabies. The project, which has since been completed, will save thousands of dogs in its first year alone and pave the way for a nation-wide vaccination campaign. Similar to other successful WSPA-led rabies control projects – such as those in Bali and Sri Lanka – dogs in Bangladesh are being vaccinated and given red collars so that communities know they are safe from the disease.

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