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New book focuses attention on stray dogs in Puerto Rico and Mexico
The book features stunning black-and-white photographs of stray dogs in Puerto Rico and Mexico, and of the people who care for them. Each sale in the UK will raise 25 pence to support WSPA and our member societies’ efforts to help strays in the Caribbean and Latin America. In Street Dogs, Scott tells the compelling stories of stray dogs in and the individuals who are working to save and improve their lives. Scott accompanied animal welfare workers on missions to rescue dogs from the streets and other places they struggle to survive, including the infamous “Dead Dog Beach” in Puerto Rico, where people routinely abandon dogs.

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.

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.

Successful pilot leads to five-year stray dog project
A WSPA-funded program created to manage Colombo’s large stray dog population was officially launched in a participating community yesterday, to run for the next five years. The pilot stage of the program has yielded amazing results, for animals and people. Mobile clinics Dog owners and communities in low income areas were encouraged to bring dogs to the two mobile clinics, resulting in 1,300 free sterilizations and 2,000 free vaccinations, carried out with an emphasis on good welfare and strategic effect. Importantly, inhumane culling has ceased and improvements have been made at the CMC pound and in their dog handling practices.

WSPA announces new Director General
Peter’s retirement marks the end of a very successful chapter for the organization, during which WSPA saw massive growth and development – not just in size, but in capacity and ability to influence policy and legislation worldwide. Peter Davies said, “When I reflect on my time here, there is much WSPA has to be proud of – not least our creation of this truly global animal welfare movement. Today, WSPA has a presence in over 150 countries around the world and the commitment displayed by every member of this alliance has allowed for some truly impressive achievements – the sound of so many voices speaking on individual issues has been a powerful tool for advancing global animal welfare.” Through partnership with hundreds of member societies we strive to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

Fears for welfare of Korean dogs
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. The primary concern of the South Korean authorities is for human health, as currently there are no sanitary regulations related to the processing or selling of dog meat. If the dogs are classified as livestock, regulations will be put in place and the meat potentially sold more widely. Advocates of the trade have claimed that legalizing the sale of dog meat would lead to improvements in animal welfare, allowing for regulations to be introduced.

Green light for urgent action to save threatened dogs
The Balinese authorities’ ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of rabies across their idyllic tourist destinations have so far been unsuccessful. They are relying on mass culls by painful strychnine poison, but this is proven to be ineffective in tackling the root causes of a rabies outbreak, meaning the people are not better protected and dogs become victims on a mass scale. WSPA has been working with BAWA and as part of the Bali Rabies Forum – a group of NGOs committed to protecting dogs and stamping out rabies – over the last year, lobbying for an end to the cull so we can take forward a World Health Organization backed method of mass dog vaccination and public education – methods that are proven to prevent rabies spreading.

$25 million offered for non-surgical sterilization for dogs and cats
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. He, like most animal-welfare experts, believes that the introduction of a cheap, reliable pet sterilant will dramatically reduce the number of animals that US shelters are forced to euthanize every year, which presently stands at four to six million. Studies conducted by experts from the ACC&D and other animal advocacy organizations have found that 27% of dogs and 14% of cats have not been spayed or neutered, with owners' reasons ranging from cost worries to fears about surgical safety.

65,000 dogs saved in Bali
Staff from WSPA member society the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) have been vaccinating free roaming dogs in Bali’s Gianyar district to prevent further outbreaks of rabies and show local authorities that culling is not the answer. An eight month vaccination program has ensured that 42,500 of Gianyar’s dogs have now been immunized, preventing a cull of 65,000 and protecting 390,000 humans from the disease. Despite mounting local opposition as well as international recrimination*, the authorities were unwilling to switch to a mass vaccination program as they were unconvinced it would help them control rabies effectively.

Suffering in Slums: The global stray dog problem
They fight over the limited amounts of food available and suffer from agonizing diseases such as rabies and distemper. In many countries the majority of stray dogs have been abandoned by their owners or are owned but allowed to roam freely. Without resources for treatment and education about responsible pet ownership, the stray population will keep growing and countless numbers of dogs will continue to suffer in the slums. They are also working with the local government authorities to help them take an active role in dog and rabies management. Now the government works with Paraiso de la Mascota to provide education materials and low-cost sterilization to dog owners in low-income areas.

Bali’s dogs at risk again
A recent outbreak of rabies on this otherwise idyllic island has seen government authorities rush headlong into a mass elimination program – except they’re focused on eliminating dogs, not rabies. WSPA is now in Bali, joining local veterinarians and government officials in lobbying the authorities and asking intergovernmental organizations to support our call for a sustained mass dog vaccination program to eradicate rabies – for good. BAWA and WSPA are part of the Bali Rabies Forum, a coalition of animal welfare groups that has developed a series of recommendations to effectively control the spread of rabies through a sustained vaccination program that would strike at the very root of the problem. He says many village dogs are routinely fed and cared for and describes how villagers brought two or three street dogs each to a vaccination camp held earlier this year.

Miranda Richardson visits stray dog project
This Sri Lankan NGO operates mobile clinics and runs education and awareness-raising campaigns in partnership with the local authorities in Colombo, where there are over 3,000 street dogs. Many of the dogs will have been dumped on the streets by owners unable to cope with an unwanted litter of puppies. Some will be new mothers with litters of puppies that they are unable to sustain due to poor nutrition and the puppies susceptibility to disease. The two mobile clinics are out most days of the week, staffed by Blue Paw Trust vets and funded by WSPA. They mark the beginning of a project with the local municipal authorities and local NGO Blue Paw Trust that will be funded by WSPA for the next five years.

WSPA sponsors Caribbean conference
Hosted by WSPA member societies the Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society and the Pegasus Foundation, and sponsored by WSPA, key topics of discussion included disaster management, animal welfare and humane stray control and marine mammal issues that affect the region. Coincidentally, the Montserrat volcano erupted just two days after the conference concluded, underscoring the importance of disaster mitigation and response in the Caribbean. Other highlights included in-depth sessions on dealing with animal cruelty, which can be rampant across the region with its enormous stray population, and discussions about activities NGOs can engage in to preserve and protect their marine resources. To view some of the conference materials relating to whales and whaling, please click the links below.

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