Achievements of 2005

Feb 14, 2006

WSPA works in cooperation with more than 600 member societies across the globe to produce positive results for animals. The following are a number of successes we have achieved in 2005 with the help of our member organizations.

  • The Vietnamese authorities signed a memorandum of understanding which will permanently phase out the farming of bears for bile in Vietnam over the next several years.

  • To encourage Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners not to prescribe bear bile, WSPA produced a report documenting herbal alternatives that can be used to treat ailments without harming animals. In conjunction with Ryerson University, WSPA hosted a symposium in Toronto to promote the use of these alternatives.

  • WSPA deployed several emergency veterinary teams to Pakistan to bring relief to the animals affected by a devastating earthquake.

  • Intensive lobbying by WSPA convinced the Solomon Islands government to enact a dolphin export ban and contributed to the decision by several Caribbean countries to reject proposals for new captive dolphin facilities.

  • After years of pressure from WSPA and other animal welfare groups, the government of Alberta announced comprehensive new zoo standards.

  • The WSPA-led WhaleWatch coalition successfully lobbied several nations attending the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to vote against ending the moratorium on commercial whaling.

  • A foie gras production ban in Israel came into effect April 2005, due to WSPA's support of Anonymous for Animal Rights.

  • A comprehensive report on the global human health and animal welfare implications of industrial animal agriculture was produced and distributed to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key government bodies.

  • WSPA provided expertise and funding, and donated vehicles outfitted with mobile veterinary clinics to rebuild the animal welfare infrastructure in the regions hit by the 2004 tsunami.

  • Two more Spanish towns (Girona and Lloret de Mar) confirmed that they will be closing their bullrings and stopping cruel bullfights.

  • Conferences aimed at educating Canadian officials on methods to reduce human/bear conflicts were conducted with vital funding from WSPA.

  • WSPA participated in the campaign to end the seal hunt in Canada by attending government meetings and holding public rallies.

  • Orphaned bear cubs were rehabilitated and released back into the wild with grants provided by WSPA.
    The construction of a sanctuary began in Romania to rescue captive and abused bears.

  • We sent funds to India's VSPCA whose shelter was destroyed by severe flooding so that they could rescue all 700 animals in their care.

  • We worked with Cree communities in Quebec to introduce a humane program of stray dog control and to teach care of companion animals.

  • Farrier stations were built, water wells dug, and thousands of working equines in Afghanistan received free veterinary care.

  • Vet teams and supplies were sent to Costa Rica to rescue starving animals suffering from injuries in the wake of Hurricane Stan.

  • Ground was broken for the construction of an animal hospital in Jordan -- the first facility in the area with the capacity of treating equines.

  • WSPA purchased rescue boats, food and offered financial assistance to our member societies helping animals after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

  • WSPA funding helped send 80 Canadian vets and vet techs to Louisiana to help with the triage and care of animals following Hurricane Katrina.

This list is not comprehensive and lists only some of the activities WSPA funded or carried out in 2005. For further information about any of these projects, please contact WSPA.

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