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WSPA urges support for Massachusetts bill to protect farm animals
The extreme confinement of farm animals causes unimaginable suffering and is perhaps one of the worst abuses associated with industrialized – or “factory” – farming. In Massachusetts alone, 17,000 egg-laying hens are crammed into tiny, overcrowded cages that render the animals virtually immobile for their entire lives. Female breeding pigs spend nearly 80% of their lives confined to stalls so small that they cannot move. It’s time for Massachusetts to join the national movement and end the cruel confinement of farm animals. Remember, you have to be a resident of Massachusetts in order to contact your state legislators about this bill.

Experts turn out for farm animal welfare in China
In April, world-renowned animal welfare experts traveled to China to take part in a landmark conference on farm animal welfare. WSPA, along with three other leading animal welfare organizations - Compassion in World Farming, the Humane Society International and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – joined forces to host the two-day conference. “There is a real desire to improve farm animal welfare in China and WSPA will do all that we can to assist with this,” she added. More than 150 Chinese specialists attended the conference, including scientists, government officials and national media. This landmark conference, which brought together leading experts from across China, as well as international speakers from six countries, will advance the move towards more humane and sustainable farm animal welfare in China.

Supermarkets pledge to help WSPA end long-distance transport of live animals
Hawaii-based stores will no longer purchase pork from pigs shipped live from mainland U.S. 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. The supermarket chains decided to adjust their pork purchasing policies in light of WSPA’s recent “No Paradise for Pigs” investigation, which focuses on the transport of thousands of pigs from mainland U.S. to Hawaii every year. WSPA encourages Hawaii-based retailers to consider safer and more humane approaches – such as supplementing local production with imported, USDA-certified chilled and frozen meat from animals raised and killed humanely in mainland U.S.

WSPA endorses historic Ohio initiative for farm animals
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has endorsed a citizen-backed ballot initiative being promoted by Ohioans for Humane Farms - a coalition of animal protection organizations, veterinarians, family farmers, food safety and environmental advocates - to help end some of the cruelest factory farming practices in the state of Ohio. The measure on Ohio’s November 2010 ballot, if passed, will require the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board to implement certain minimum humane care standards that will prevent animal cruelty, improve health and food safety, support family farms and safeguard the environment throughout the state of Ohio. Cows too sick or injured to stand or walk on their own should be humanely euthanized, not inhumanely dragged or pushed onto the kill floor to be used for human consumption.

Farm animal victory in the USA
WSPA congratulates member societies the Humane Society of the United States and the Farm Sanctuary for their work, along with other US-based animal welfare groups, in improving the lives of thousands of farm animals. In many of these countries the practice of cruel, intensive factory farming is exploding. The project will act as a flagship example of alternative farming systems for chickens, pigs and cows that adhere to improved welfare standards. The project also aims to raise awareness of inhumane farming practices and encourages Brazilian and Chinese consumers to purchase meats, milks and eggs that have been reared on farms that take the animal’s welfare into consideration.

WSPA pays tribute to animal welfare pioneer
An unassuming animal welfare champion, Peter was a dairy farmer who became appalled at the direction of post-war farming in terms of animal welfare. In 1967, he set up CIWF, to rally against the cages and crates that were being used so prevalently to house farm animals. He saw CIWF grow from a personal protest in his back room to the leading international force for farm animal welfare that it is today. WSPA is proud to work with CIWF, a key partner in the FarmWatch campaign. He built an organization from scratch that is now one of the most formidable in the world for protecting farm animals.

Major partnership to stop bear farming in Asia
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is delighted to announce a new partnership with the Calvin Ayre Foundation, which has agreed to support WSPA’s campaign to end the cruel practice of farming Asian bears for their bile. Bear bile is believed to have medicinal properties, and since the 1980s bile has been extracted from live bears kept on bear farms. For animal welfare reasons alone, WSPA believes that the practice of bear farming should be phased out completely. Its use is also unnecessary because there are a large number of equally effective synthetic and herbal alternatives to bear bile.

New, comprehensive text on long distance transport launched
Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals – the book that provides the scientific basis of the Handle with Care campaign – was launched at the 76th General Session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris. The largest and most comprehensive academic reference text on the long distance transport of animals for slaughter was presented to almost 100 of the world’s Chief Veterinary Officers in a reception on May 26 2008. The reception was also attended by nearly 250 delegates of the general session, including the OIE Director General and Deputy Director General. The following day, Peter Davies, Director General of WSPA, addressed the OIE general session and highlighted the Handle with Care coalition’s global transport campaign.

Egypt hosts meeting on animal transport
This month, a conference in Cairo explored the relationship between Islam, animal welfare, and the long distance transport of animals for slaughter. The eminence of the speakers reflected how seriously the debate is being taken in the region. At the end of the conference, delegates agreed that the teachings of the Qur'an and the internationally agreed OIE guidelines on transport and slaughter basically address the same issues. This is a solid foundation for the Handle with Care campaign to build on. The suspension of the import of live animals from Syria due to animal disease was also cited as a reason why reliance on live animal imports was unwise.

New livestock teaching farm opens in Indonesia
A new livestock teaching farm has opened in Banda Aceh, Indonesia to replace the previous facility destroyed by 2004’s tsunami. The opening of the new farm on May 3rd marks a step towards the full recovery of animal welfare facilities in the devastated region. Livestock veterinary skills are greatly needed in a region where people rely on their animals for their livelihoods. Not only will the new farm be an effective teaching unit, it will also provide good animal welfare for the animal inhabitants. WSPA, HSI and Giant Steps have co-funded the member society-led construction project, plus support to introduce and implement the veterinary teaching syllabus for animal welfare: Concepts in Animal Welfare.

Act now: Situation remains critical for Egypt’s pigs
Information from Cairo suggests that more than half the country’s pig population has now been culled, despite there being no proven link between pigs and swine flu transmission. But the OIE lacks the mandate to intervene, and the remaining pigs are expected to be killed within two weeks – a decision challenged by thousands of WSPA supporters internationally. WSPA continues to question both the need for the cull and the methods used – before swine flu was publicized authorities had planned to re-home overcrowded city pigs outside Cairo. With no link between pigs and swine flu transmission, no acceptable reason has been given as to why pigs from the city could not be moved to the new farms.

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. It is happening in response to pressure from the company's customers who know that U.S. consumers are more aware and concerned than ever before about the suffering animals experience to put food on their tables. Sadly, the phasing in of larger group pens will take far too long—10 years at company owned farms and 20 years at farms that are sub-contractors.

WSPA helps shoppers find humane foods
As part of our campaign to put an end to the cruel and unsustainable practices of factory farming, WSPA USA’s EatHumane.org is making it easier for shoppers to find animal-friendly products at the supermarket with a food label classification system and searchable database of humane foods at major US grocery stores. An ever-increasing array of food product labels that make claims about human nutrition, environmental protection and animal welfare leave many shoppers confused about how to make the most humane choices when buying animal products. Generally animals raised under humane food programs are given access to sunlight, fresh air, and freedom of movement. Now before grabbing their grocery carts, shoppers can search their local store online to find food products and see how their store compares to others.

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