2WSPAThe World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is an international animal welfare organization.For more than 25 years, WSPA has assisted animals in need throughout the world and has built a solid reputation as one of the world’s leading animal welfare organizationsIt is also the world’s largest alliance of animal welfare groups, connecting over 900 independent animal welfare organizations (known as “Member Societies”) in more than 150 countries to raise the standards of animal welfare around the worldTheir work is concentrated in regions of the world where few measures exist to protect animals.
3MissionWSPA’s vision is of a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.Their mission is to build a global animal welfare movement.
4FocusTheir focus is on four priority animal welfare areas which include, companion animals, commercial exploitation of wildlife, farm animals, and disaster management.Companion animals – responsible pet ownership, humane stray management and cruelty prevention.Commercial exploitation of wildlife – intensive farming and the cruel management and killing of wild animals for food or by-products.Farm animals – intensive farming, long distance transport and slaughter of animals for food.Disaster management – providing care to animals suffering as a result of man-made or natural disasters, and thereby protecting people’s livelihoods.
5WSPAIn the United States, more than 70 organizations have become WSPA Member Societies.Member Societies are known as an independent animal welfare organization that is a part of WSPA’s global network.Together the organizations work on issues raging from humane treatment of farm animals to promoting the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the United Nations which will lead to global recognition of animal welfare and improved protection of animals internationally.It helps provide a unique network of support to each other to help achieve the common vision of a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.
6FoundedWSPA’s present society structure was created in 1981 through the merger of 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.Building on the experience of ISPA, WSPA staff have brought emergency aid to animals during floods, earthquakes, explosions, famines, oil spills, and wars around the world and has built up their own reputation as a world leader in this field
7WSPAWFPA and ISPA were the first organizations to campaign internationally on animal welfare issues, highlighting problems such as Canadian seal hunt, devastation of the world’s whale population, and international transportation of horses
8WSPAHelp has been provided for animals in a wide range of situations including the Gulf war, the Kosovo conflict, earthquakes in Gujarat, India in 2000 and in El Salvador in 2001, and floods in Honduras and Mozambique during 2000A key area of WSPA’s work has been the introduction of animal welfare principles into regions where they were previously under developed or non-existent.WSPA has introduced procedures to ensure the humane slaughter of livestock in many developing counties and has run projects to improve the conditions of stray animal populations.
9Pet Respect CampaignOne of the most active projects WSPA is involved in is the Pet Respect CampaignTo alleviate the plight of millions of unwanted companion animals that are often indiscriminately destroyed through cruel methods75% of puppies in developing countries die from disease like rabies and distemper.These dogs are seen as a nuisance and health hazardWith the lack of knowledge and resources, communities in developing countries resort to killing the strays by poisoning, electrocuting, or shooting them.They have worked with the World Health Organization and produced a set of guidelines on stray animal control aimed at reducing dog populations through neutering and eliminating rabies by vaccination.
10EducationWSPA’s animal welfare education programs are aimed at primary and secondary schools.Staff tell children animals can experience pleasure, pain, and suffering. These messages are to develop compassion and a sense of justice and respect for animals and people.WSPA’s animal welfare education programs run in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia and focus on three areas.
11International Animal Welfare Education This program is for animals, people, and the environment and aims to integrate animal welfare education into school curricula by working with governments, organizing teacher-training workshops, and providing materials.Through this program children can become more compassionate and develop a responsible attitude as future citizens.
12Concepts in Animal Welfare and vocational training. This program is designed to facilitate teaching animal welfare at veterinary facilities worldwide.Veterinarians can play a major role in improving animal welfare through their own actions and by influencing others.
13Community Outreach and Continuous Professional Development WSPA’s education staff assists with other WSPA program and support education initiatives of member societies by providing advice, feedback, educational expertise, and funding grants.
14Headquarters Located in London, England Know as WSPA International Annual meeting of the society in May or June
15Leadership President: Mr. Dominique Bellemare The General Director is Mike Baker
16MembershipTo become a member you can Join WSPA Rescue Team by becoming a monthly donorDonation will go toward the animals75% to animal protection and humane education21% to funding4% to management and general serviceWSPA is a non-profit 501 organization that receives no government funding, and the work is entirely made possible through donations from the public
17Organization Membership WSPA seeks to collaborate with and support animal welfare groups in all aspects of their work. Member societies range from large organizations, covering a range of welfare issues, to small groups working on specific problems.WSPA offer member societies a number of benefits such as partnership which implements effective and sustainable animal welfare projects around the world by working with groups who have local skills and knowledge, advice, information, training, and funding.
18FundingFunding for WSPA is dependent on grants. Once a year, WSPA’s Regional Directors gather in London and discuss how to award the annual WSPA member Society Grants.The grants program was started in 2000 as a way to empower smaller animal welfare organizations that have great potential, but limited funding.It funds animal welfare projects and campaigns, equipment, education work, conference sponsorship, and other useful work.
19BudgetsIn 1970 WSPA had 30,000 members and an annual budget of about $ 500,000.By 1994, the annual revenue had grown to $22 million.In 2003, it jumped to $123 million, including $3 million in investment income.It pays over $11.8 million in annual salaries, and $3 million in employee benefits and pension contributions
20Animals Matter to MeCelebrities such as Actor Kellan Lutz (Twilight), actresses Brooke Shields, Kristin Davis, Christina Applegate, Tiffani Thiessen and supermodel Joanna Krupa (Dancing with the Stars) are teaming up with WSPA to raise awareness about animal welfare issues.To show their support the stars have signed the “Animals Matter to Me” petition endorsing a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, which urges the United Nations to adopt an international agreement on welfare of animals.The most recent celebrity to join this cause is Simon Cowell from American Idol.
21ConclusionWSPA is best known for tackling tough issues and working in places where other groups cannot or will not go.Veterinarians are performing spay and neuter programs for dogs, campaigners are working to end captive exploitation of bears throughout Asia, and experts in all fields are making a difference for equines, farm animals, orangutans, whales, and many more animals.Right now WSPA has disaster relief teams helping animal victims of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.WSPA is the worlds leading animal welfare advocates and without them the world would be uneducated and an unhappy place to live both for animals and people