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Who we are:

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is a global animal welfare organization that works internationally and locally to end animal cruelty through field work, campaigning and humane education.

Vision: A world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.

History of WSPA:

WSPA’s present structure was created in 1981 through the merging 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.

From its original bases in the UK and the US, WSPA has extended and enhanced the work with new field offices being established in Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia and Canada. Today, WSPA has 15 offices and hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide.

What we work on:

WSPA is focused on four priority animal welfare areas:

  • Animals in Communities — Promotion of responsible pet ownership, humane stray management and cruelty prevention.
  • Animals in the Wild — Campaigning against cruelty and killing of wild animals for food, by-products or entertainment.
  • Animals in Farming — Working against intensive factory farming, long distance transport and inhumane slaughter of animals for food products.
  • Animals in Disasters — Providing care to animals suffering from man-made or natural disasters and creating awareness to protect people’s livelihoods during unavoidable circumstances.

WSPA focuses on working towards some of the world’s most urgent animal welfare issues.

Without supporters like you, 2011 would have been a disaster. Here’s what our supporters helped achieve:

With our partner in Pakistan, the Bioresource Research Centre (BRC), we rescued 9 bears last year. Because of WSPA’s work, the number of bears now being used in baiting has decreased to around 60 from over 2,000 in 1996.

WSPA convinced 5 Canadian schools to phase out their use of eggs from caged hens. 400,000 eggs purchased annually will now come from hens that will have the freedom to move, stretch their wings, perch, nest and express natural behaviors.

More than 210,000 dogs were vaccinated against rabies and saved from inhumane culling in Bali, Indonesia.

More than 20,000 animals were treated for injuries and diseases in the most hard-struck areas of Kenya’s Mwingi province, to help alleviate the devastating effects of drought.

To read more about our past successes, and catch up on all our current animal welfare work, please visit our website: