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Michael Baker has been appointed as the new Director General for the international animal welfare charity, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). Major General Peter Davies, the current Director General, is retiring in the middle of the year and will hand over to Mike at that time.
Mike is currently the Chief Executive of The Brooke, a leading WSPA member society. On his nomination, Mike said, “I am delighted to be taking up this role and having the opportunity to build on Peter’s excellent work. WSPA is uniquely placed to make a practical, long term difference for some of the world’s neediest animals and change the way their societies perceive them.”
A leading and respected figure in the UK and international animal welfare sector, Peter has been the Director General for WSPA since 2002. Peter’s retirement marks the end of a very successful chapter for the organisation, 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.”
Dominique Bellemare, President, WSPA said, “I’m delighted to welcome Mike into this role and have no doubt that WSPA will continue to build on its successes under his leadership. I wish Mike every success for the future.”
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is the world’s largest alliance of animal welfare organisations. Through partnership with hundreds of member societies we strive to create a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends. We bring about change at both grassroots and governmental levels, to benefit animals.