World Animal Protection
|Origins||WFPA and ISPA|
|Key people||Hanja Maij-Weggen, President
Mike Baker, Chief Executive
|Mission||We move the world to protect animals|
World Animal Protection (formerly the World Society for the Protection of Animals) is an international non-profit animal welfare organization that has been in operation for over 30 years. The charity describes its vision as: A world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.
The organisation was previously known as the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). This resulted from the merger of two animal welfare organizations in 1981, 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. In June 2014, the charity became World Animal Protection, at a cost of £168,000.
Animals in the Wild
The charity campaigns in Asia for an end to the bear bile industry. In Pakistan they work to end bear baiting by campaigning for a change in law, offering alternative livelihoods to bear owners and housing bears rescued from bear baiting in a purpose built sanctuary.
Animals in Communities
The organization is working to end the inhumane culling of stray dogs, which many countries do in a misguided effort to eliminate rabies. The organization points out that vaccination programs are the only effective way to eliminate rabies, and work with governments on vaccination programs. In 2012, a mass vaccination program was started in the Shaanxi, Guizhou and Anhui provinces of China, working with the Chinese Animal Disease Control Centre; as of June 2014, 750 veterinarians have been trained and over 90,000 dogs have been vaccinated. Mass vaccination program have also been delivered in Bali, The Philippines, Bangladesh, Kenya, Zanzibar, and Kathmandu, Nepal.
A second focus is on stray dog population management itself, through proven humane methods such as education, improved legislation, registration and identification of dogs, sterilisation and contraception, holding facilities and rehoming centres. They help governments design a program, and monitor and evaluate progress, using the model provided in the document "Humane Dog Population Management Guidance," developed in November 2007 by The International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM Coalition), of which the organization is a member.
Programs often include veterinary services such as mobile clinics for stray cats and dogs or those belonging to people who cannot afford veterinary care. The animals are sterilized, vaccinated, and provided other needed veterinary care. Such programs are provided in Sri Lanka, Zanzibar, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Sierra Leone, and Bali.
A further focus is on helping working animals (horses, donkeys and mules) in the West Bank, where mobile clinics were noticing increases in signs of neglect and cruelty. Through a partner organization, the Palestine Wildlife Society, "In each community, we train a few people who can teach others about equine welfare. They attend workshops and visit communities where our training is already having an impact. They then share what they learn. Word spreads. Habits change. Animal welfare improves. And, because their animals are healthier, owners can earn a better living too."
Animals in Disasters
The charity has two disaster operations teams located in Asia and Latin America. In the aftermath of disasters they travel to worst affected areas to administer emergency veterinary care, distribute food and reunite animals with their owners where possible. The work is of particular benefit in developing world countries, where communities rely on animals for food, transport and income. The charity also works with governments and local animal welfare groups in disaster-prone areas to set up national warning systems and teach communities how to protect their animals in the event of a disaster.
In November 2013 the charity were filmed for a BBC Documentary called Vets in the Disaster Zone, during disaster response work in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. The programme aired on BBC Two on 28 April 2014.
Animals in Farming
World Animal Protection works with governments, food businesses and farmers to improve the welfare of farmed animals. They encourage the general public to buy food produced in line with high welfare standards.
In 2013 the charity joined with Compassion in World Farming to create a business benchmark on farm animal welfare (BBFAW). According to The Guardian, there has been a 10 percent rise in companies publishing farm animal welfare policies since the benchmark launched.
Global Animal Welfare
The charity is campaigning for a universal declaration on animal welfare. In 2013 they successfully lobbied the United Nations to include language on animal welfare in two General Assembly Resolutions on agriculture and disaster risk reduction.
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- For example, "Cull of 30,000 pet dogs ordered after deadly rabies outbreak in Chinese city", Tania Branigan, The Guardian, 3 August 2011; and "Stray dogs must be culled, Bali governor says", Ni Komang Erviani, The Jakarta Post, June 27, 2014.
- "Ending inhumane dog culling", World Animal Protection, accessed July 19, 2014; see also "Mass rabies vaccinations called for", China Daily, Sept. 29, 2013.
- "Mass dog vaccination program to combat rabies", china.org.cn, June 18, 2014.
- "Combatting rabies in Nepal", World Animal Protection, accessed July 19, 2014.
- "Stray dog population management", World Animal Protection, accessed July 19, 2014; and the Humane Dog Population Management Guidance document mentioned below.
- "Humane Dog Population Management Guidance", The International Companion Animal Management Coalition (ICAM Coalition), November 2007.
- "How one stray inspired Miranda Richardson's appeal to help suffering canines worldwide", Elizabeth Sanderson, Mail Online, December 15, 2007.
- "International Companion Animal Work", World Animal Protection, accessed July 19, 2014.
- "Protecting working animals in the West Bank", World Animal Protection, accessed July 19, 2014.
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- Vets in the Disaster Zone, BBC Two. May 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
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