Natural and man-made disasters wreak havoc on millions of people and their environment every year. WSPA works with governments and local animal welfare groups to help prepare communities in disaster-prone areas.
Chowti, an Asiatic black bear, was tied up and attacked by dogs who bit and mauled her while people watched for entertainment.
Myanmar relief effort: Audio diary from the field
They are working to distribute food, prevent the spread of disease and alleviate suffering among the surviving animals, which are vital to the recovery and food security of the communities affected by Cyclone Nargis.
A symbol of hope: protecting Myanmar's animals
As one of the few international non-governmental organizations allowed to enter Myanmar in the weeks that followed, WSPA’s team of vets was always destined to make a huge difference to the worst hit communities.
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Emergency relief in Bangladesh
WSPA delivered emergency relief when the worst floods in living memory hit Bangladesh in August 2007, displacing more than one million people and their animals.
Ten Ways You Can Help Animals
This problem is made worse by “factory-style dog-breeding facilities known as puppy mills, which put profit above the welfare of animals.
Combatting rabies in Nepal
The fear of rabies has led to the country turning against its stray dog population. The KAT center neuters dogs, vaccinates them against rabies and provides any veterinary care they need.
Canine casualties of the war in Sierra Leone
During Sierra Leone’s civil war, tens of thousands of people were killed and more than a third of the population was displaced. A build up of refuse and biological waste provided a food source for stray dogs and they bred freely.
The bears are owned by Kalanders – traditional bear owners –who are paid by the landlords to bring the bears to fight.
Stray animal control
Stray dogs will fight over the limited amounts of food and that which can be scavenged. Over 75% of puppies in developing countries die in agony from diseases including rabies and distemper.
Providing care for hurricane-stricken animals
The Miskito farmers rely on animals for their livelihoods, yet 96% of their crops and many of their animals were lost.
A savage blood sport
Imagine a bear, tethered to a post, set upon by up to four frenzied dogs. This is when the bear’s face and neck become vulnerable to the dogs’ teeth.