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World Animal Protection

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: World Animal Protection is an international animal welfare organization. We were known as WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals). Our vision is a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.

Programs: Animal welfare programs: in 2014, world animal protection successfully improved the welfare of millions of animals around the world, in communities, in farming, in disasters, and in the wild. We exposed the suffering of wildlife used for tourist entertainment with our new campaign aimed at keeping wild animals in the wild, educating over 473,000 people on the hidden cruelty behind elephant rides. We also convinced 23 international tour operators to stop offering elephant rides altogether. 2014 saw the completion of our sanctuary for rescued bears in romania, now a permanent home for 81 bears. And we protected 190,000 dogs from the senseless culling triggered by people's fear of rabies, by working with governments, partners and communities to deliver vaccination programs around the world. In 2014, 11 more bears in pakistan were rescued from the "blood sport" of bear baiting, whereby they are trapped, chained, and forced to endure attacks by trained dogs in front of a paying audience. They now live safely at the world animal protection-funded balkasar sanctuary. Seven bear owners have benefited from our alternative livelihood program and are now proud shop owners. They have all signed an agreement to never purchase another bear again. The number of bears used for bear baiting has decreased from 300 bears in 1997, when we began this project, to approximately 40 today. We protected marine animals from the threat of abandoned fishing gear, known as ghost gear, by working with partners to remove over 800 pounds of discarded gear, traps, lines and plastics from hawaii's big island and the new hampshire coastline. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of world animal protection's work protecting animals caught in disasters. Our relief efforts following the devastation of 2013's typhoon haiyan continued in 2014; we have helped over 70,000 animals in the philippines following that disaster. We achieved critical change for millions of farm animals through our global partnership with nestl, the world's biggest food company. Nestl has committed to work with us to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain, which means the hundreds of thousands of farms that supply nestl with its dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will have to comply with higher animal welfare standards. Brf, brazil's largest pork producer, also signed a partnership agreement with world animal protection to improve animal welfare throughout its supply chain. Brf made an incredible first commitment to phase out gestation crates for pigs in favor of more humane group housing over a twelve-year period. We thank our supporters for moving the world to protect animals!

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I previously worked for this organisation, and I would encourage anyone who donates to check out a website called glassdoor which has many reviews from staff, most of whom do not rate the organisation: http://www.glassdoor.co.uk/Reviews/WSPA-Reviews-E418885.htm.

I think that those who donate to this organisation should seriously question where money goes. The same bear sanctuary is used for appeals all over the world, and time and time again. Yet the money which they actually get is tiny in comparison. Several members of staff who work there used to also donate, but on joining the organisation stopped. This is a reflection of the mismanagement of money.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I have donated to this organization for years and they have lovely calendars of how wonderful they are, but lately I have been going over ratings, and WSPA mostly gets very low ratings and I read that it's not a good place to work with a lot of nepotism and poor treatment of outside staff. I noticed that on this site no clients served have an opinion, no testimonials. I don't want to support an organization that exists primarily to provide a livelihood to the administration. So I gave this charity two stars. Charity Navigator gives them one star. I wish I knew the truth. Going to do more research.

1 Lamont W.

Donor

Rating: 5

WSPA not only fights animal cruelty in the short-term but awards long-term solutions by partnering with governments. This is imperative because WSPA is changing minds about animal cruelty.

Donor

Rating: 5

WSPA is a wonderful organization and unique. Their dedication to promoting animal welfare and making animals a priority is inspiring. I will support them for years to come. I also love that they are business friendly and find long term sustainable solutions.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful caring group who does a lot of work to help and protect animals. That is why I support them every month.

1 Mark109

Donor

Rating: 5

I support WSPA because of the magnificent work they do all over the world. They provide a voice for all creatures Great and Small and they Need Organisations like this!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported WSPA with monthly contributions for several years. Their world-wide service area ensures that animals, ALL species of animals, receive help when catastrophes occur. In addition, WSPA works to end abuse through education and practical solutions.

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Donor

Rating: 5

WSPA is a very practical organization. It's goal is to help countries, communities and individuals SOLVE its animal-related problems rather than just talking about them. They recognize that harmful practices won't just disappear, especially if the alternative requires behavior changes and/or money. WSPA provides whatever is needed and helps develop long-term plans for animal welfare. Their work in reducing and eventually eliminating the trade in bear bile is an excellent example of how WSPA works. They rescue bears from street performers also and provide safe accommodations for them. In the UK they were instrumental in eliminating factory farming of dairy cows, and in the USA they are working to improve the lot of horses.

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2 Nora J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love WSPA because they bring so much awareness of the suffering of animals all over the world and they do it in a dignified and no-nonsense manner. I will always support the work of this great organisation.

Angelica M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated money to this non profit organization because I admire what they do for all kinds of animals in the world. I like thieir Facebook page too. Bless them all !

1 Jorge2

Donor

Rating: 5

Out of so many great causes that we have around, I chose WSPA a while ago after seeing their constant effort and tireless fight to dignify the life of not just one particular group of animals but to all living creatures that are in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am grateful for the WSPA as they get results, and immediately make the donors aware of their progress with email updates. Members are able to choose where their donations are allocated, and specific updates are given right down to the individual animals rescued. WSPA takes on lesser know but horrible abuse that captured wild animals endure and seek to rescue these animals as well as educate the local citizens in the areas they are working. This is the first time I have encountered this to such an extent with an animal welfare organization.

Donor

Rating: 4

I donate to the WSPA because I believe in helping animals globally. Changing the lives of animals is dependent on a few things some of which are emergency care, prevention of disease, education and most importantly - CHANGING legislation. I believe that the WSPA works on all of the fore mentioned, and that my donation is being used appropriately. They also communicate efforts consistently.

Sarah45

Donor

Rating: 5

WSPA is an organization that works to improve the welfare of animals worldwide. Although the information (I get from WSPA) often pains me, I appreciate that they uncover, and tell caring people about, much of the horrific abuse and exploitation of animals in my own country, and in far-off places. I have literally lost sleep because of what I now know about bear bile farming. But I have told several friends about it, and maybe they will tell some friends, and my hope is that as awareness increases, so will action. I so appreciate that in addition to spreading information, WSPA has taken so many concrete steps to save animals from horrible lives and return them to the peace and dignity all animals deserve.

Ladi D.

Donor

Rating: 4

Keeping the Public Aware of it's surroundings is Vital. WSPA USA does this and so much more.. Keep this Non Profit around to keep our earth safe

Donor

Rating: 5

Many years ago, (around 1995) I watched a National Geographic Special on TV about the plight of the dancing bears. It was horrible. They followed several volunteers with WSPA in the area working to rescue them and place them in a sanctuary. I was heartbroken about what was happening to these bears but so relieved that an organization was out there in the trenches working to help them. I immediately researched how to become a donor of WSPA and have been a regular supporter ever since. I have never regretted it! They go all over the world making a huge impact on the welfare of animals, most of which are located in remote areas of the world where animals are abused and poorly treated with little to no veterinarian care. Additionally, the work with many animal welfare groups to support local need and help to influence change. Over the years I have come to realize that they are one of the most instrumental organizations working on behalf of animal welfare worldwide. I have supported them regularly for over 20 years and will continue for many years to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

How can you not love and admire a non-profit group that exceeds all boundaries in their devotion and love for what they do ~ helping animals, all animals. My eyes have been opened by WSPA in so many issues, bears, dogs around the world, elephants... Without this wonderful organization many, many animals would suffer in silence. They are the voice and I know I do not stand alone in applauding them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People have a personal obligation, as a human being, to help others. This organization focuses on helping people help animals so that they themselves will be lifted. This organization is international, and local so there is no limitation on physical boundaries, or even species of animals. We need to support this organization and create more like it.

Ross M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization provides WORLWIDE support for animals in need. In countries where animals would not stand a chance, WSPA is there to help them. Animals all over the world have been saved by this compassionale organization instead of facing a disasterous situation. Please endorse WSPA and help them continue to save animals in need.

Judit T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most satisfaction comes from helping an organization that help the truly helpless animals. Animals don't have a choice. People will ALWAYS have choices, even in the most restricted situations. Thanks to WSPA and PETA, many animals are being rescued from idiotic and unmoral human beings.

Bethany S.

Donor

Rating: 5

WSPA is a wonderful organization, and I appreciate what they do to further animal welfare. I will continue to partner with them in my donations, because I believe what they are doing is lasting and legitimate. I am proud to be associated with them.