World Animal Protection Canada NEWS - Spring/Summer 2016

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From the Field Spring / Summer 2016 Better lives for dogs – because of you How you’re helping protect wildlife You have 28 million reasons to celebrate

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Contents In every issue 4 From the Executive Director 6 Highlights 8 Making a world of difference


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5 You have 28 million reasons to celebrate / Voici 28 millions de raisons de célébrer! 10 Better lives for dogs – because of you 11 Une meilleure qualité de vie pour les chiens – à cause de vous 12 Travel companies send cruelty packing 13 Protecting animals and people in Mongolia 14 Supporter spotlight: Anna Saroli 16 A day in the life of Sue Sayer Editor: Elizabeth Sharpe Contributors: Marie Chambers, Josey Kitson, Michaela Miller, Sharon Nicholson, Elizabeth Sharpe Designer: Serina Morris Printed by: DT&P CA0021_0516 Cover photo: © World Animal Protection Unless otherwise stated, all images are the copyright of World Animal Protection. From the Field is published twice yearly and is printed on 100% recycled paper from post-consumer materials with vegetable-based inks. World Animal Protection is a registered Canadian charitable organization. No. 12791 9076 RR0001 © World Animal Protection 2016

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From the Executive Director

You are part of a movement All across the globe World Animal Protection’s supporters are speaking with one voice on behalf of animals. Want more frequent updates about the animals you are helping? Want more tips on how to help animals when you shop, eat and go on vacation? Want more behind-the-scenes access to our projects and updates directly from our staff in the field? Then make sure you’ve joined our email list. Sign up online now at

You will improve the lives of 1 billion farm animals by 2020. In North America, huge companies and industry groups like the Egg Farmers of Canada are listening and phasing out one of the worst forms of confinement (page 5). Together we can protect 5 million animals caught in disasters wherever and whenever they strike. This year in Ecuador, you provided food and emergency vet treatments to 15,000 dogs after their homes were destroyed and their families displaced (page 6). Your actions will save 50 million dogs by 2020. The Better lives for dogs campaign operating in places like Sierra Leone will bring much needed humane dog management programs to countries around the world (page 10). Finally you will protect over 1 million animals living in the wild by 2020. Through the Wildlife. Not Entertainers and Sea Change campaigns you will end the suffering of wild animals in tourism (page 12) and in our oceans (page 7). Together we will speak out for animals. Together we will build a movement. Together we will create a world where animals live free from suffering. Sincerely,

Josey Kitson Executive Director, World Animal Protection Canada

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You have 28 million reasons to celebrate! Thanks to your unwavering support, we will see the day when every one of the 28 million egg laying hens in Canada no longer suffers in barren battery cages. Big brands like McDonald’s and Tim Hortons, listening to your expectations, have recently announced that they are committing to cagefree eggs. The Egg Farmers of Canada, the group responsible for the welfare standards that producers must follow, announced a nationwide phase out of battery cages. This will make Canada one of the few regions in the world to ban battery cages. And most recently, the grocery members of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) including Sobeys, Loblaw and Wal-Mart Canada committed to source only cage-free eggs. Since the beginning, you have supported our Choose Cage-Free campaign by contributing your voice and vital donations. Thank you.

Because of you, there is so much to celebrate but our work for hens is not done. Visit to find out more.

Photo: i.c. productions

Voici 28 millions de raisons de célébrer! Grâce à votre appui inébranlable, pour chacune des 28 millions de poules pondeuses au Canada, les cages en batterie feront bientôt partie de l’histoire. Après avoir écouté vos commentaires, de grandes marques comme McDonald’s et Tim Hortons viennent d’annoncer qu’elles s’engagent à n’offrir que des œufs pondus en liberté. Les Producteurs d’œufs du Canada, responsables des normes de bien-être imposées aux producteurs, viennent d’annoncer l’élimination graduelle des cages conventionnelles au Canada. Le Canada deviendra ainsi l’une des rares régions du monde à bannir ces cages. Plus récemment, les épiciers membres du Conseil canadien du commerce de détail (CCCD), dont Sobeys, Loblaw et Wal-Mart Canada, se sont engagés à n’acheter que des œufs pondus en liberté. Depuis le début, par votre voix et vos dons, vous avez appuyé notre campagne Choisissez bien vos œufs. Merci!

Grâce à vous, nous avons de bonnes raisons de célébrer, mais il reste encore beaucoup à faire. Visitez pour en savoir plus. From the Field 5

Highlights Saving Lemongrass with Marine Mammals of Maine Last autumn, a one-month-old harbour seal pup was spotted struggling on rocks near Biddeford, Maine. Our partner Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoMe) rushed to the scene. The team got the little pup to their triage centre and worked hard to stabilize her through the night. Your generosity helps us provide funding and other support for MMoMe’s triage centre. In the morning, they named her Lemongrass and she was safely moved to the National Marine Life Centre in Massachusetts to begin her long recovery process. In February, Lemongrass was healthy enough to be released back into the wild.

Ecuador flood response: our most faithful companions This past April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the west coast of Ecuador. When visiting the town of Pedernales, as part of our response effort, we noticed the same dog staying in the same location – standing in the rubble of a collapsed building. According to neighbours, his owners died in that building. We fed and pet him but like many other pets, he refused leave his home. There are many volunteers in the area who can look after and rehome him. Thank you for helping us care and comfort animals in the aftermath of disasters.

Giving orangutans a second chance Every year hundreds of orangutans are captured to be sold into the entertainment industry or killed for their meat. Mothers can be killed and young babies taken from their arms. Some orangutans are unable to recover from this traumatic experience and suffer psychologically and physically. We are supporting our partner the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) to buy a much needed island for rescued orangutans who are unable to return to the wild. BOSF also rescues and rehabilitates orphaned orangutans like those pictured here. Follow us on Instagram for more amazing photos of their rehabilitation!

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See more ways you are helping animals at A 25-year-old ghost net busted in British Columbia World Animal Protection and our fellow Global Ghost Gear Initiative members, the Northwest Straits Foundation, launched a project to remove a huge section of ghost netting that had been disrupting the environment and killing or injuring animals off of Pender Island since before 1990. The two-day long project involved a team of divers removing the net from the reef by hand, freeing any entrapped animals and pulling the net onboard. With your support, we removed over 2,500 pounds of netting from the ocean and sent it for analysis and potential recycling. Watch our video of this exciting removal at

Understanding the emotional lives of elephants Our experts study animal sentience (the ability of a living being to feel and have emotions) to support our campaigns. For example, studying elephants through observation in the wild has proven that they experience empathy. And their social lives are so complex it has taken years of research to understand them. Elephants are also considered to be one of the world’s most intelligent species. Sadly, elephants used for tourist rides do not have the chance to express these natural behaviours. Visit to help give elephants the rich lives they deserve. Photo: iStock. by Getty Images

Special care for disabled bears Some bears at our Balkasar sanctuary in Pakistan have suffered so badly in their former lives as baited bears that they are too frail to live in the main enclosure. Thankfully, your support has helped us create a dedicated area where they can be closely monitored by the caring Balkasar team. The disabled bear enclosure is home to four bears. Blind bears Chowti (pictured) and Pooh share with Maori who has a paralyzed back leg and Lala who has a big hole in her muzzle. The half-acre enclosure has shrubs and trees, pools for bathing and playing and cool shaded areas. From the Field 7

Making a world of difference in disasters Thank you so much for everything you have done to help us save and protect animals from disasters during the past 12 months. Here are just a few of your amazing world-moving achievements.

1 Costa Rica Animals in Costa Rica are among the best protected in the world following the government’s decision to include their protection from disasters in its National Risk Management Policy 2016 - 2030. We have worked with Costa Rica’s government for many years and on the policy development process in 2015. We’re delighted with the recognition animals have been given. It highlights how much they mean to the Costa Rican people.

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2 Chile

3 Kenya

Thanks to you we helped thousands of animals suffering in two separate disasters in Chile. Our teams worked around the clock after severe flooding swept through the normally dry Atacama region in March. And then in April the Calbuco volcano erupted in Chile’s Los Lagos region showering farmland with poisonous ash. Altogether we protected 35,826 animals by providing emergency food and veterinary treatment. We trained farmers in basic veterinary care too.

Your generosity has protected more than 250,000 animals in Kenya by helping us vaccinate them against deadly Rift Valley Fever and rabies. These vaccinations are part of our project with the University of Nairobi and the Kenyan government to help local owners prepare to protect their animals from El Niño. El Niño is bringing weather patterns causing serious flooding to Kenya and putting animals at serious risk of disease.

Photo: World Animal Protection/Alex F Catrin

Photo: University of Nairobi/Brian Abook

4 Nepal When the horrific earthquakes devastated Nepal in April and May last year your generosity meant we could step in quickly to help. We set up teams of veterinary volunteers and veterinary camps and travelled through the ravaged landscape treating animal injuries. Altogether we helped more than 20,000 animals and their grateful owners in the earthquakes’ aftermath. Photo: World Animal Protection/Sagar Shrestha

5 Sendai Japan Thank you for helping us create a global first. After two years of our lobbying work the UN formally recognized how important animals are to people’s livelihoods through the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This is the first time animal protection has been included in such a framework – a decision that could protect millions of animals from death and terrible suffering.

6 Vanuatu When Cyclone Pam ripped through Vanuatu last March thousands of animals were killed and many survivors were badly injured and at serious risk of disease and starvation. Your support helped us get aid where it was needed most. Our vets worked around the clock to treat sick and injured pets and farm animals. We also supplied emergency feed for 30,010 animals including pigs, goats and poultry.

Photo: World Animal Protection/Sagar Shrestha

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Better lives for dogs – because of you There are 700 million dogs worldwide. And an estimated 75% of those dogs are stray or free-roaming. It is difficult to think about the sheer number of dogs in the world, many struggling to survive. Now imagine your family living in a community with stray dogs where there is the constant threat of getting bitten or contracting rabies. This is the reality for people all over the world. When a rabies outbreak or fear of an outbreak occurs some governments respond by organizing the mass killing of dogs. Many hundreds of thousands of dogs are killed every year. But with your support we are working with governments and local partners to stop the killing and instead set up dog population management programs that include vaccination and responsible dog ownership.

From the field in Sierra Leone: Zainab Mansaray Zainab (pictured below) has been working with the Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society for over ten years, since she received in-depth training from World Animal Protection on how to treat, neuter and vaccinate animals. She loves dogs and currently has four female dogs at home who she rescued - named Liverpool (after the soccer team), Alexandra, Topsy and Domino. Every day she deals with dogs that desperately need treatment, from deworming to life-saving rabies vaccinations. With only four vets in the entire country, the work she does is vital in protecting dogs from pain and death. Together with our partners we are creating safer and healthier communities for dogs and people alike. Because of you we are creating better lives for dogs.

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Photos above and right: World Animal Protection/Georgina Goodwin

You are making a big difference for dogs and we know you’re just getting started. Visit us at to support this work and donate. Just $3 can save a dog’s life.

Une meilleure qualité de vie pour les chiens – à cause de vous Il y a 700 millions de chiens dans le monde. Et 75% d’entre eux sont des chiens errants. Songez à ce nombre : beaucoup de ces chiens arrivent à peine à survivre. Imaginez que votre famille vit dans une communauté avec de nombreux chiens errants, où le virus de la rage est une constante menace. C’est une réalité vécue partout dans le monde. Face aux épidémies de rage (ou à la peur d’une telle épidémie), des gouvernements réagissent en organisant des campagnes d’abattage. On tue ainsi plusieurs centaines de milliers de chiens chaque année. Or, avec votre appui, nous collaborons avec ces gouvernements et nos partenaires pour faire cesser le carnage en instaurant des cliniques de vaccination et des programmes de stérilisation.

En Sierra Leone : Zainab Mansaray Il y a dix ans, Zainab recevait de Protection mondiale des animaux une formation complète sur les soins, la neutralisation et la vaccination des animaux. Depuis, elle travaille avec la Sierra Leone Animal Welfare Society.

Rabies is 100% preventable but is present in 150 countries worldwide. Bien qu’elle soit totalement évitable, la rage est présente dans 150 pays.

Elle adore les chiens et garde chez elle quatre femelles qu’elle a sauvées : Liverpool (comme l’équipe de soccer), Alexandra, Topsy et Domino. Chaque jour, elle soigne des chiens qui ont besoin de traitements, du vermifuge au vaccin antirabique. Comme le pays ne compte que quatre vétérinaires, elle fait un travail monumental contre la souffrance et de la mort.

A dog is every community’s friend and protector. If we protect them too.

Avec nos partenaires, nous créons des communautés plus sécuritaires et plus saines, pour le chien comme pour l’homme. Grâce à vous, nous améliorons la vie des chiens.

Le chien est l’ami et le protecteur des communautés, quand on le protège.

Vous faites une grande différence pour les chiens et ce n’est que le début. Visitez pour faire un don et appuyer notre travail. Sauvez la vie d’un chien pour seulement 3 $.

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Travel companies send cruelty packing

Les voyagistes disent adieu à la cruauté

Together, through our Wildlife. Not Entertainers campaign, we have made incredible progress for animals by moving more than 100 travel companies to stop offering elephant rides and other cruel wildlife attractions.

Ensemble, par notre campagne Je suis un animal sauvage, pas un amuseur, nous avons fait d’énormes progrès pour les animaux, en inspirant plus de 100 voyagistes à cesser d’offrir des tours d’éléphant et d’autres activités tout aussi cruelles.

Global industry players including G Adventures, Intrepid Travel Group, The Travel Corporation (including brands like Contiki) and World Expeditions have joined our movement. Thank you for helping us make these wins for wildlife possible!

De grands joueurs de l’industrie, dont G Adventures, le groupe Intrepid Travel et The Travel Company (qui compte des marques comme Contiki) ont emboité le pas. Merci de nous avoir aidés à remporter ces victoires pour la faune!

As you know our work isn’t finished. Now we need you to help us influence one of the biggest names in travel – TripAdvisor. As the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor can help end wildlife suffering, but instead their actions are contributing to it.

Mais nous allons plus loin encore. Nous avons aussi besoin de vous pour influencer l’un des plus grands noms du voyage : TripAdvisor. Comme il possède plus grand site de voyages au monde, TripAdvisor peut contribuer à mettre fin à la souffrance de la faune, mais par ses actions, choisit plutôt d’y participer. Photos: (top left and right) iStock. by Getty Images (top middle) World Animal Protection/Rachel Ceretto

Visit and tell TripAdvisor to stop promoting and selling tickets to cruel wildlife tourist attractions. Together we have the power to make lasting change for animals. 12 From the Field

Visitez et dites à TripAdvisor de cesser de promouvoir des forfaits dans les sites où les animaux sont maltraités. Ensemble, nous pouvons apporter des changements durables pour les animaux.

Protecting animals and people in Mongolia Mongolia’s animals have been facing very difficult times. A summer drought and then a harsh winter creates a weather pattern known as a “dzud”. It is a slow and silent disaster that can potentially affect millions of animals.

We are working with the Mongolian government to protect the vulnerable animals and the people that depend on them. Here’s what Steven Clegg from our Disaster Response team had to say: “When we arrived at the home of Naraov Bayar (pictured above), a traditional nomadic herder, his animals were huddled together. “It was clear these animals were part of their family, the children also care for them, but they are losing animals to the bitter winter conditions almost daily. Everything in their lives is directly tied to their animals.”

Thanks to your support we provided immediate emergency sheltering materials to give the herders a safer place to protect their animals. We also provided nutrition packs for mothers and newborns to increase the animals’ health and strength.

Pour protéger les animaux et le peuple en Mongolie En Mongolie, les animaux traversent une période difficile. Le dzud est un phénomène caractérisé par une sècheresse d’été suivie d’un hiver extrême. C’est une catastrophe lente et sournoise qui peut affecter des millions de bêtes.

Nous collaborons avec le gouvernement de Mongolie pour protéger les bêtes vulnérables et les communautés qui en dépendent. Voici ce qu’en dit Steven Clegg, de notre équipe de secours d’urgence : « Quand nous sommes arrivés chez Naraov Bayar, un éleveur nomade traditionnel, ses animaux se tenaient serrés les uns contre les autres. Pour les Bayar, les animaux font évidemment partie de la famille. Leur vie entière est directement liée à l’élevage. Or, ils perdaient des animaux presque tous les jours dans ces conditions extrêmes. »

Avec votre appui, nous fournissons aux éleveurs des matériaux d’abris d’urgence, qui créent des endroits sécuritaires où protéger les animaux. From the Field 13

Supporter spotlight Anna Saroli

Anna with her dog Ruby. Anna knows how caring for animals can nurture us as well.

In this issue we are shining a spotlight on Anna Saroli, a dedicated supporter, who has given to World Animal Protection since 1994 and became a monthly donor in 2005. 1. Can you tell us about when you first started supporting World Animal Protection? How long ago was it and why did you take an interest in the organization? I learned about World Animal Protection (then WSPA) back in the 1990s when they sent out an appeal for bear rescues, and I have been a donor ever since. Growing up with animals – I have never not had a pet of some sort in my life – I feel strongly that they keep us grounded. People and animals have evolved together over the centuries, and there is now a growing appreciation and recognition of just how like us animals are in so many fundamental ways. Caring and compassion for them nurtures an important part of us and makes us better and happier human beings.

3. What would you tell someone who is thinking about donating to or supporting World Animal Protection? World Animal Protection is unique in being the only animal protection organization with full-time staff who can respond internationally in crisis situations, and the only one to regularly address the United Nations. As an international organization they can plan campaigns that cross boundaries and work with local partners to make these campaigns even more effective. They work both on a large scale, as with the rabies vaccination campaign that has saved many thousands of dogs, and on a small scale, as in cases of veterinary treatment for individual animals that may be a rural family’s sole source of income. As their name suggests, World Animal Protection has a huge impact on the lives of animals worldwide.

2. What was the motivation behind becoming a monthly donor to World Animal Protection? I am a practical person and budget my own expenses on a monthly basis so a regular donation seems more efficient. You can’t budget effectively or make long-term plans if you don’t know how much you’ll have to work with.

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A day in the life of Sue Sayer Through our Sea Change campaign, you are helping us work with organizations worldwide to protect ocean life from the dangers of ghost fishing gear. Sue Sayer, director of our English partner the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust shares one of her days‌ 5:45 am An early email catch up. Volunteers send me hundreds of seal photos and I enter them into our database. We can identify seals through their unique fur patterns. 7:00 am Time to leave for our latest boat survey. 8:00 am On board there is a safety briefing and I give the survey team their roles for the day. 8:45 am We see a whole gill net caught up over rocks with a live seabird, a shag, struggling inside its mesh. We rescue and release it. 9:30 am We arrive on a westerly point where seals are resting on land. We quietly keep our distance while 9 seals watch us. I photograph them.

Protecting animals is about team work Sarah Millward of Polzeath Marine Conservation Group (left) and Sue Sayer (right).

12:25 pm Gannets diving on the horizon and a pod of common dolphins approach the boat. We count and quickly photograph them. 4:00 pm Home again. I go through all the GPS data and the 2,651 photos. I zoom in on beach photos looking for ghost gear. 11:00 pm A long evening at the computer. I send GPS data, scanned recording sheets and the best photos for the report summary. Altogether we recorded 56 items of ghost gear, 1,973 guillemots, 1,016 kittiwakes, 181 seals, around 150 common dolphins, three sunfish, three barrel jellyfish, two harbour porpoise and a puffin!

Free as a bird should be This lucky bird was rescued from its entanglement in ghost gear.

Precious ocean life A pod of common dolphins swam along side the project team. Photos: Sue Sayer

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