World Society for the Protection of Animals
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|Origins||WFPA and ISPA|
|Key people||Hanja Maij-Weggen, President
Mike Baker, Chief Executive
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is an international non-profit animal welfare organization established in 1981 with the aim of protecting animals around the globe. Working in more than 50 countries, WSPA strives to create positive change by exposing cruelty and pioneering sustainable methods to circumvent animal suffering.
WSPA has offices located in: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Kenya, the Netherlands,New Zealand,Sweden,Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom. The main office is in London.
The WSPA resulted from the merger of two animal welfare organizations in 1981, namely the World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA) founded in 1953 and the International Society for the Protection of Animals (ISPA) founded in 1959.
Besides campaigning, the WSPA also actively helps animals in need, such as during the aftermath of a natural disaster or war. Many pets become strays when their owners have died or fled and these animals are often in need of food, shelter and medical care. Wild animals often also suffer from the consequences of natural disasters. The loss of draft and farm animals in disaster situations impacts local livelihoods and food security, making recovery harder for the human community. Disasters responded to in recent history include the 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, where the WSPA provided shelter, food and medical care for stray animals. The WSPA also ensured that evacuees from Hurricane Paloma in Cuba brought their companions. The WSPA was the first animal welfare organization to start work in Myanmar after Cyclone Nargis hit in 2008.
The WSPA also funds and supports mobile clinics that neuter and spay stray cats and dogs, particularly in countries with ineffective and/or cruel methods of animal control. Mobile clinics also provide medical care for horses in Latin America where the owners of the animals often do not have the money and/or knowledge to give the animals the care they need.
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