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 is an international non-profit animal welfare organization that has been in operation for over 50 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.
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 charity campaigns for humane methods of stray population control and rabies management. It funds and supports mobile clinics that sterilise stray animals and vaccinate against rabies.
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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