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WSPA Ask Australia to Stop Live Exports

WSPA charity officials are asking Australia to stop exporting cattle from Egypt after terrible footage was uncovered on how the animals are being treated. Animals Australia managed to take the footage showing the Egyptians treating the cattle with extreme cruelty at their abattoirs, and now WSPA want the exports to be halted.

This isn’t the first time this has happened though. Back in 2006, cattle exports were halted from Australia to Egypt for nearly four years after concerns over the treatment of cattle were raised. Live exports to Indonesia were also stopped in 2011 after evidence of animal cruelty emerged.

Chief Executive for WSPA, Mike Baker, said –

This is not a one off; there is a history of cruelty and animals being subjected to the worst kind of abuse in the live export trade. It is unacceptable given there is a humane and economical solution to live export of animals. The live export industry would have us believe that conditions in abattoirs meet ‘suitable’ animal welfare standards and that they are improving animal welfare all over the world. This footage demonstrates this is evidently not true.

If you would like to help improve animal welfare for Australia cattle, why not stand up and be counted alongside WSPA by signing their petition to ask for a more ethical solution. Simply click on the link below to add your voice to those who want change, and want it now.  It literally takes 30 seconds, and will go a long way to protecting Australian cattle from cruelty.

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If you would like to learn more about the work of the WSPA, why not check out our dedicated charity page for more information. With your help, WSPA will try to stop animal cruelty at the source, protecting the world’s animals from mistreatment.

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Turtle Farm Agrees to Change with WSPA

You may remember that back in November last year, we asked for your help to support the WSPA’s work to stop sea turtle farming in the Cayman Islands. Well, we have some fantastic news filtering through, that thanks to everyone who got being this cause, the company has decided to make many positive changes to their business.

An amazing 144,000 people supported the WSPA’s call for change, making it very difficult for the Cayman Turtle Farm to ignore. This all came about after an investigation by the wildlife charity into how the animals were suffering due to their shocking conditions. The farm has now admitted that the turtles in their care are suffering from health problems, and have agreed to make a change to their business model.

WSPA Wildlife Campaign Leader, Dr. Neil D’Cruze, said –

While in many ways we are pleased with the outcome of today’s meeting, WSPA continues to believe that minor improvements will not and cannot address the long term root cause of this suffering: green sea turtles are wild solitary animals that simply cannot adapt to life crammed into a farm with 9000 others. Now is the moment where we expect the Cayman Turtle Farm to start demonstrating a real and serious commitment to change. We will strive to continue to work with the Farm to identify a solution that has the best interests of these turtles at its heart. The Cayman Turtle Farm appear to have accepted that the sea turtles in their care do have health problems. This promising step is down to the strength of your voices, so thank you. However, this admission doesn’t go far enough for us though – sea turtles are still suffering, so we will keep up the fight.

Even Tanya Streeter, the free diving world champion (pictured on the right) joined WSPA to deliver the 144,000 strong petition to not just the farm’s management team, but also the Caymanian Government to put an end to sea turtle farming on the island. It just goes to show you if we all pull together and fight for the same cause, businesses and governments have no choice but to stand up and take notice of what is right and wrong.

If you would like to learn more about the work of WSPA, why not check out our dedicated charity page where you can make a donation to help provide much needed funds to aid their animal rights campaigns across the globe.

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Alesha Dixon Supporting WSPA Big Bear Rescue

Pop sensation and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon recently travelled to Romania in support of the WSPA Big Bear Rescue appeal. Whilst in the country she helped to rescue two European brown bears from the Onesti Zoo, which closed four years ago due to their inability to meet European Union standards.

Now, the animals that have been left there are living in cramped conditions, as their health slowly deteriorates. Thankfully the WSPA and their local partners, Millions of Friends Association (MFA), were on hand to rescue the bears with Alesha’s help and take them to the WSPA funded bear sanctuary in Zarnesti.

Alesha Dixon in Romania to support of the WSPA Big Bear Rescue appeal

Alesha helped to coax the nervous bears into the transport cage to take them to their new home using fruit and honey . The sanctuary in Zarnesti is one of the largest in Europe and is the perfect place to nurse these beautiful creatures back to health. Due to the terrible ordeal they have suffered, they will never be able to return to the the wild. Thankfully they will be well catered for in their new home, and will be able to live in a quiet environment, without the cruelty of neglect that they have suffered.

Alesha said –

I was absolutely horrified by the conditions at Onesti Zoo. I’ll never forget the sight of the bears mournfully pacing around their cramped cage. You could tell they’d suffered truly miserable lives; it was heart breaking that they’d never had the chance to move freely, climb a tree or even hibernate. It fills me with hope for the future that groups like WSPA and MFA are working to end this cruel practice. I hope the public give generously to WSPA’s Big Bear Rescue Christmas appeal: I can’t think of a more special gift than to give bears like these the gift of freedom at the sanctuary.

Here’s hoping that WSPA and their partners can help to put an end to the illegal captivity of these poor bears across Europe, and offer them the chance of a new life without cruelty. You can help put an end to bear cruelty by supporting the WSPA and becoming an ‘Animal Protector’. Check out our dedicated page for this amazing charity, and how you can help to make a difference to the lives of animals all over the world.

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Sign Petition to Stop Sea Turtle Farming with WSPA

The WSPA charity is asking for your help to save the lives of thousands of sea turtles who are being kept in shocking conditions. The poor little creatures are stacked on top of each other at the Cayman Turtle Farm on the cayman Islands, and something needs to be done. Now.

There are no ways to humanely farm seas turtles, they are supposed to live in seas, not in filthy tanks. They are literally stacked on top of one another with no room to manoeuvre, with the cramped conditions causing the turtles to suffer horrific injuries and stress. They even start to turn on one another in the confusion, and this is all before they are sold off to make steaks and burgers. Such a tragic waste of one of the world’s most beautiful creatures.

Sea turtles are amazing animals that can naturally swim thousands of miles, they weren’t designed to live in a tank. Tourists in the Cayman Island even pay to ‘meet’ these poor animals who are living in distress. Sea turtles deserve better, and you can help stop this awful farming today.

Simply click on the link below to sign the WSPA petition to help stop sea turtle farming. Over 80,000 people have already taken action to stop this horrible practice. These turtles are crushed, stressed, diseased, and in waste filled water. Please help them today

> > Click here to sign petition

If you would like to learn more about the work of the WSPA, or would like to make a donation, why not check out out dedicated charity page. Here you’ll find more information on their amazing work helping to save animals lives across the globe.

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20% off WSPA Charity Christmas Cards – offer ends 06-11-12

Sorry to be the bringer of bad tidings, but Christmas is just around  the corner! For me that’s great news, as I love the festive season, best time to be jolly, eat loads of food and receive goodies! If you’re looking to plan your Christmas a bit early this year, why not check out the great selection of festive greeting cards from the WSPA shop?

There’s a great selection of animal themed cards to choose from, with every order placed raising funds for the WSPA to help protect animals around the world from cruelty and suffering. Choose from –

  • Brave Bear Card
  • Penguin March
  • Polar Bear
  • Donkey Pack
  • Wolf Card
  • Festive Friends
  • and many more…

These cards are available with 20% off until 11.45pm Tuesday 6th November 2012, so you’ll have to move fast to make the most of this great online offer. There’s loads of other festive treats to choose from too, including Welcome calendars, gift wrap and other awesome animal based gifts that would make a great present for a friend or loved one. Simply click on the link below today to make the most of this great offer, only available online with from the WSPA Gift Shop.

Click here to order from WSPA Gift Shop

If you would like to learn more about the work of this amazing animal charity, or would like to make a online donation to WSPA, why not check out our dedicated page? Here you can find out more information on how WSPA help protect animals around the world from cruelty and suffering.

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Help WSPA End the Cruel Bear Bile Industry

For over 30 years the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) are one of the most important animal cruelty prevention charities in the World. The majority of their work is carried out in areas of the world where there are very few (if any) laws to protect the welfare of animals.

Their latest campaign is against the cruel bear bile industry. Throughout Asia thousands of bears are subjected to one of the worst kinds of cruelty to animals. You can help put an end to this cruel practice whereby they are caged and mutilated to get access to their bile. A monthly donation to WSPA can put an end to this once and for all.

Up to 20,000 bears are believed to be suffering in the bear bile industry in China. They are caged, mutilated and exploited for their bile. The bear bile industry must stop. Please help make this happen.

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Thanks to WSPA’s work with local partners, Vietnam has banned their bear bile industry. Now it is time to take our campaign to China, which keeps the largest number of bears (some reports suggest up to 20,000) and where consumer demand for bile is the highest. In the next five years, WSPA wants to achieve a national ban on the bear bile industry in China. But they can’t do this without your help. 

  • £3 a month could make a real difference by helping WSPA reach out to people in China. By displaying the real horrors behind the industry they can help to change the public’s perception and also show them the vital role they play in the protection of bears.
  • A monthly gift of £6 could fund vital promotional materials and activity to highlight the horrors of the industry and create a groundswell of support from people in China.
  • A regular gift of £12 could fund research into the illegal worldwide trade in bile, to tighten enforcement, choke the supply and protect vulnerable bears in the wild.

A small donation a month from just £3.00 can really help to stop the suffering of these wonderful animals.

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Cruelty in a Concrete Jungle

WSPA launched the Cruelty in a Concrete Jungle campaign in January 2012. They are calling for Boris Johnson to recognise the importance of the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) and to fund their work.

Boris will make his next budget announcement in April 2013 and WSPA want him to commit to properly resource the Wildlife Crime Unit within the Metropolitan Police. As the Mayor of London, Boris is responsible for the work of the Metropolitan Police.

Why is the Metropolitan Police Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) Important?

  • London is a major destination point for wildlife trade products.
  • Live animals such as turtles and birds are brought into pet trade both legally and illegally.
  • Animal products such as ivory and bear bile medicine are transported into the country against international legislation.
  • Wildlife products come from Asia, Africa and South America where animals are caught from their natural habitats. The demand for exotic pets, traditional medicine and bush meat fuels the supply.

Wildlife crime isn’t however something that only involves far away countries but one that happens to our national wild animals too. Wildlife officers in London encounter poisoning of foxes, disturbing and killing of wild birds and bats on a regular basis.

The WSPA and WCU partnership ensures full functioning of the unit so it can properly investigate and prosecute wildlife crime against all animals. This is one of the many ways WSPA helps to protect animals.

Image Copyright:  Christopher Ratcliffe/WSPA

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Help Stop Dog Culls with WSPA

WSPA is asking for your help in their campaign ‘Collars Not Cruelty’. This is to help protect the world’s dogs who are being culled in a misguided effort to stop rabies. Millions of dogs across the globe are needlessly being culled due to fear, not facts.

The Collars Not Cruelty campaign has been set up for over a year now to offer a kinder and more effective response to rabies than the unnecessary deaths of so many dogs. By encouraging more governments to carry out mass dog vaccinations, WSPA want to prove that this method is proven to work. By vaccinating just 70% of a local dog population against rabies, it is possible to creates almost total immunity to both animals and people without needless suffering or death.

WSPA Chief Executive, Mike Baker, said –

Whilst we waste time culling millions of dogs because of our fear of rabies, thousands of people are dying horrific and painful deaths from this deadly disease. We are pleased to see the successes to date, where mass dog vaccination programmes have been introduced, but our vision is to have a world where no dog is needlessly killed in response to rabies. We want to see all countries with rabies running mass vaccination programmes until this deadly disease is stamped out.

WSPA has many different campaigns in place to support their Collars Not Cruelty campaign, including –

  • A new partnership with the government of Bangladesh
  • Running pilot schemes in Africa for 2013

Rabies kills up to 55,000 people every year, but responding with mass dog culls is not the answer. These poor animals are poisoned, beaten then gassed, which does nothing to stop the spread of the disease. The world desperately needs more effective action through mass vaccination, not slaughter.

If you would like to learn more about the work of the WSPA, why not check out our dedicated charity page that is full of interesting facts and also how you can help save animals across the globe.

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Help WSPA Save Dogs Lives and Stop Rabies

Around 20 million dogs are brutally killed each year, that’s 30 every minute.

One of the excuses for this cruelty is fear of rabies. But mass killing of dogs does not stop this disease. Mass vaccination does.

Watch their short video to find out more about the campaign and how you can help.

Wild for WSPA – Collars not Cruelty from WSPA International on Vimeo.

Support WSPA’s Collars not Cruelty campaign

WSPA’s Collars not Cruelty campaign aims to show the world that mass culling of dogs is not the answer to stopping the spread of rabies. Mass vaccination is.

In Bali, WSPA vaccinated and saved the lives of 300,000 dogs, but there is still so much more to do and the Collars not Cruelty campaign is being taken to other parts of the world. In Bangladesh, the government has asked for WSPA’s help. They need your support to help vaccinate 70% of the dogs in each area. If this doesn’t happen, the government could return to culling. The mass vaccination solution works and WSPA urgently needs your help.

  • £3 a month could help give 2 dogs a red collar, a symbol of protection from rabies
  • Your regular gift of £6 could help purchase 9 rabies vaccines with syringes
  • A monthly donation of £12could vaccinate all of the dogs in one small village in Bangladesh

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Win £10,000 at WSPA Bear raffle – ends 10-07-12

WSPA charity is holding an amazing raffle with a chance to win up to a whopping £10,000! The closing date to purchase tickets for the draw is Tuesday 10th July 2012, with a great selection of prizes available, including –

  • 1st Prize – £10,000
  • 2nd Prize – £1,500
  • 3rd Prize – £500
  • 4th Prize – £100 x 10

Tickets are only £1 each, with the money you raise going towards WSPA’s continued work in helping bears across the globe escape from baiting, circus shows and other unnecessary cruelty. You need to be over 16 years of age to enter, with the draw taking place on Friday 20th July 2012.

So why not help protect bears across the globe and at the same time put yourself in with a chance of winning one of these fabulous cash prizes. You never know, you could end up winning £10,000, and that’s not to be sniffed at!

> > Click here to purchase a raffle ticket

Become an Animal Protector with WSPA

  • Set up a WSPA regular gift for as little as £3 a month and become an Animal Protector.
  • Get access to your own personalised website with access to original content and regular posts regarding the animals being helped to protect and the projects being supported
  • Choose a FREE gift after logging onto the site for the first time and show the world you are an Animal Protector with WSPA and just how much you care.

Your regular gift will help protect animals around the world from cruelty and suffering. Show how much you care about animals – make a regular gift to WSPA today and help save animals’ lives and protect them from cruelty.

>> Click Here To Sign Up For WSPA Animal Protector Scheme Today

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