Our work is made possible by you. WSPA’s successes are shared with every supporter. Here are just some of the great things that you helped us achieve for animals in 2008:
WSPA’s disaster management team improved the welfare of over 195,000 animals this year, supplying desperately needed food, veterinary supplies and expertise across Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. When Myanmar and Cuba were ravaged by storms, we were the only organisation able to assist their animals.
In 2008 we moved closer to ending bear baiting in Pakistan for good: 15 bears were rescued from the danger and pain of illegal baiting and taken to Kund Park. At this WSPA-funded lifetime care facility they received expert veterinary treatment and can now rest in the pools and long grass of the sanctuary.
WSPA scored a victory for whales this year. At the 2008 International Whaling Commission meeting we proved that ‘aboriginal’ hunts in Greenland also turn a commercial profit, giving commissioners the information they needed to block the country’s plans to hunt humpback whales.
In 2008 the Model Farm Project took off in China: 10,000 chickens that would have been caged have experienced life outside, climbed trees and basked in the sun. This project has benefited humans too: shoppers in Beijing are now able to buy humanely reared chicken and eggs for the first time.
Our work with companion animals and their owners spans four continents. In 2008, this reach helped WSPA and our partners secure the long-term safety of thousands of dogs: we convinced government authorities in Colombia, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka to give up cruel methods of stray control and commit to humane ways of managing local dog populations.
Rescue and rehabilitation work continued in 2008, with the Romanian bear sanctuary’s new enclosure providing life-long safety for nine more abused and neglected bears. Our funding also kept the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s forest sanctuary open to care for injured and orphaned animals. WSPA’s commitment to these vital havens will carry on into and beyond 2009.
In 2008, the governments of Sweden, New Zealand, Fiji, the Seychelles and Cambodia all made animal welfare an issue of national importance by supporting WSPA’s campaign for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. Each nation’s backing was a significant step towards bringing animal welfare principles to the United Nations.
The WSPA-led Handle with Care campaign launched across nine countries in a blaze of publicity, moving politicians and the public to call for an end to the long distance transportation of animals. One of 2008’s successes was an 11% drop in the number of pigs being transported to Hawaii from the US mainland, saving almost 2,000 animals from a horrific journey by land and sea.
We are building a global animal welfare movement by collaborating with, funding and sharing learning with our member societies. Over 130 groups joined in us 2008, allowing WSPA to work with local organisations in Cambodia, Myanmar, Guam, Palau, Kosovo and Palestine for the first time.
To highlight the links between animal welfare, food security, the environment and human livelihoods, WSPA briefed the ambassadors of 41 developing countries on how good animal welfare can benefit the world’s poorest people. From 2009, we will encourage them to be active in calling for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
In Canada, lobbying activity by WSPA and member society the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals resulted in strong new legislation to protect animals. Animal care standards were established in law for the first time, with greater powers granted to SPCA officers and serious penalties for those who commit animal cruelty.