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With 2010 coming to an end, WSPA would like to thank its donors and advocates for their ongoing support and dedication to helping animals. From providing relief to more than 100,000 animals in disasters, to ending the inhumane culling of dogs in Bali, to opening a new bear sanctuary in Pakistan, WSPA has been able to make a huge difference to so many animals this year.
As WSPA moves into its 30th year of advocating for animal welfare, we hope you continue to stand by us in our mission to end animal cruelty and suffering, worldwide.
In the meantime, please enjoy our 2010 achievements video below, and thank you again for your support!
Following the January earthquake in Haiti, WSPA helped establish the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH), a group that addressed the needs of the country’s surviving animal population. To date, WSPA has treated more than 45,000 animals in the hardest-hit areas of Haiti.
WSPA also helped repair the National Veterinary Laboratory and main lab infrastructure, which fell during the earthquake; installed 24 solar-powered refrigeration units, which are critical to storing animal vaccinations; and launched the country’s first-ever public awareness campaign to educate Haitians about disaster preparedness, pet care and health issues related to their pets and families.
Our disaster relief efforts didn’t end there – throughout the year, our disaster management team provided aid to animals in several disaster-stricken areas across the world, including...Pakistan, Mongolia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Myanmar.
Just three months after the devastating floods in Pakistan, WSPA opened a new sanctuary in Balkasar. The sanctuary’s first residents were Babu, Sohrab and Maylu – three bears rescued from Kund Park, which was destroyed during the floods in August. In November, WSPA helped rescue Chowti – a 6-year-old Asiatic black bear – from bear baiting in Pakistan. Chowti was then sent to Balkasar Sanctuary, where she is now safe, well-fed and cared for.
In other bear rescue efforts, WSPA asked supporters to sign a petition calling for an end to bear farming in South Korea. Shortly after, more than 85,000 WSPA advocates made their voices heard and the South Korean Parliament began the process that could result in the phase out of South Korea’s bear farming industry. Currently, the bill is slated to be considered by the Environment and Labour Committee, as well as other relevant Ministries.
To end the year, WSPA released an investigative video exposing the grim reality of reindeer slaughter in Sweden and Finland. Footage showed the extreme distress experienced by reindeer as they are rounded up in large numbers, transported and slaughtered for their meat. Thousands of WSPA supporters have already signed a petition, calling on the Nordic Council of Ministers to uphold existing animal welfare laws in both Sweden and Finland, as well as the Växjö Declaration of 2008.
All of these accomplishments were made possible by the ongoing dedication and generosity of ALL our WSPA supporters. Thank you and we look forward to working with you in 2011 to help end animal cruelty, worldwide!