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World Society for the Protection of Animals

Global Review 2007 Making a world of difference

Making a world of difference

Contents Making a world of difference…

together ........................................................................ 4 Making a world of difference...

for animals everywhere ...................................... 6 How we made a difference...

for wild animals ....................................................... 8 How we made a difference...

for farm animals ................................................... 10 How we made a difference...

for companion and working animals ........ 12 How we made a difference...

in disaster zones .................................................. 14 How we made a difference...

through education ............................................... 16 How we made a difference…

worldwide ................................................................. 18 Financial summary .............................................. 22 A world of difference for animals...

thanks to you ......................................................... 24

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Making a world of difference…


About us The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is recognised by the United Nations and works to raise the standards for animal welfare throughout the world. We are an international charity and the world’s leading alliance of animal welfare organisations. We have our headquarters in England, 15 regional offices worldwide and develop animal welfare programmes of work in partnership with 854 member societies in 150 countries. These numbers continue to increase. Through campaigns, education, training activities and animal rescue initiatives we strive to ensure that the principles of animal welfare are universally understood, respected and protected by effectively enforced legislation. This Global Review covers the work of WSPA in 2007 and is aimed at WSPA supporters worldwide.

Our vision A world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.

Our mission To build a united global animal welfare movement.

©Lou Bopp


Emergency action: Dogs whose owners were evacuated due to Hurricane Dean were given food and temporary shelter by WSPA member society the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

A warm welcome to WSPA’s Global Review 2007 and a sincere thank you for your support which has helped us bring about so many improvements for animals throughout the year. We are always deeply touched by the responses of our supporters and member societies to our calls for action. This year the generosity of supporters saved the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary, run by our member society the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, from closure when it fell upon hard times. We were also able to battle against the horrors endured by bears involved in the cruelty of bear baiting and bear dancing, and we began our ground-breaking work in Colombo, Sri Lanka, implementing a humane solution to the city’s stray dog problem. Thanks to our member societies and supporters we made also significant inroads into our campaign for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. We achieved an incredible one million signatures to our petition in support of this by the end of 2007. We believe that adoption of the Declaration by the UN is critical to achieving recognition at local, national and international levels that animals can feel pain and experience suffering and should be treated with consideration.

Improving animal health The campaign for the Declaration also received a massive boost through a resolution from the general assembly of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide and represents 172 countries.

Professor Ranald Munro BVMS, MSc, DVM, DipFM, DipECVP, MRCVS WSPA President

In 2007 we also signed a formal agreement with the OIE which puts us in an excellent position to stress the need for proper care and treatment for billions of farm animals as the OIE sets its future animal welfare standards. The improvements that we have achieved to the welfare of so many animals would simply not be possible without the work of our member societies – large and small animal welfare organisations based around the world. In 2007 we welcomed 123 organisations to our network making a total of 854 member societies in 150 countries. This network represents an ever-increasing, powerful, dedicated and international force that influences local decision makers and governments alike. Collectively, we work to create a momentum of positive change for animals worldwide. We hope you will feel inspired by the activities featured in the Global Review 2007 and will continue to work with us in 2008 and beyond. All of our achievements to relieve and prevent animal suffering have only happened as a result of your commitment and generosity; for this we are truly grateful.

Major General Peter Davies CB WSPA Director General


Making a world of difference‌

...for animals everywhere

With your help in 2007... sWe reached one million signatures on the Animals Matter petition for the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the end of the year. sWe convinced hundreds of veterinarians around the world to back the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare and recognise its role in improving animal welfare globally. The Federation of European Veterinarians, the Commonwealth Veterinary Association and chief veterinarians from the 172 countries represented by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) gave the Declaration their support.


sWe continued our lobbying of governments, professional organisations and the animal welfare movement to ensure the Declaration was high on their agendas. By the end of the year, ministries from New Zealand, Costa Rica, Tanzania and the UK had stated their support and more than 220 animal welfare groups worldwide were campaigning on the initiative. sDuring World Animal Week in October a massive 280,000 signatures to the Animals Matter petition were gathered by hard-working WSPA member societies across the globe.

“I support WSPA’s initiative for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare because I strongly believe that only by raising the profile of animal welfare to an international level will governments recognise the global nature of the issue. The achievement of the Declaration is a necessary action if animals are to be respected and cared for by society the world over.” Gitte Seeberg, Member of the European Parliament, 500,000th signatory of Animals Matter

What we do… sInspire governments, influential international organisations and individuals to support the adoption of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the United Nations. sSpread the message that the Declaration is a powerful catalyst for change. If adopted it will be the first ever international agreement recognising that animals are capable of experiencing pain and suffering and that their welfare should be respected.

Young minds: A unique animal welfare software project was launched by WSPA and the Omar Dengo Foundation in 700 schools in Costa Rica.

What we’ll do next…

Thank you

sContinue to persuade governments around the world to back the initiative officially. Billions of animals currently have no protection against cruelty.

Thank you to everyone who signed our Animals Matter petition in 2007, helping us reach our target of one million signatures in support of a Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare.

sAsk these countries to support publicly the Declaration at meetings with other governments and in forums that link with the UN, to ensure animal welfare continues to move up the political agenda. sEncourage the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN to support the Declaration and integrate animal welfare into its programme of work. The FAO is a specialised agency that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and helps developing countries modernise and improve agriculture, forestry and fishery practices.

Sign up: Actor Ricky Gervais lends his support to the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

sBuild on our coalition of animal welfare groups around the world that actively support the Declaration. sAim to reach two million signatures and personal declarations by the end of 2008 and use them to influence an increasing number of governments to support the development of the Declaration.

On the move: A Mongolian herder drives his horses to a WSPA clinic for regular treatment against disease and parasites. Around 50,000 horses are treated by the project each year.


How we made a difference…

...for wild animals

With your help in 2007... sWe encouraged Kalandar communities in India, which use bears in the cruel entertainment of bear dancing, to join our alternative livelihood programme. By the end of the year, 72 Kalandars were involved in the scheme and 12 bears – their lives of pain and suffering over – were surrendered into the care of local wildlife authorities. sWe lobbied religious leaders in Pakistan to support an end to bear baiting – where dogs are set upon a tethered and defenceless bear. As a result more than 3,000 signed up to the campaign by the end of the year and are including the anti-islamic nature of bear baiting in their weekly prayers.

sWe supported the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo, Indonesia, when it fell upon hard times and have made the future of the more than 600 orangutans that live there more secure. sWe helped place the cruelty of whaling firmly in the international spotlight in May when more than 20 countries – an unprecedented number – made strong statements of concern at the 59th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Anchorage, Alaska.

sWe revealed in our report From Cage to Consumer that bear bile products are on sale illegally around the world and that most of them come from China. Around 12,000 bears are kept in captivity and farmed for their bile in Korea, Vietnam and China. sCustoms and border officials in eight countries are using bear bile identification kits, developed by WSPA in 2006, to help them stop the illegal bear bile trade.


Safe haven: WSPA’s Romanian Bear Sanctuary provides a secure and caring environment for bears rescued from captivity.

“I am so grateful for WSPA’s help and the hope their supporters have given to the captive bears of my country. Together I know we can stamp out the terrible ‘sport’ of bear baiting forever.” Fakhar-i-Abbas, Pakistan Biodiversity Research Centre

What we do… sTackle a range of wildlife welfare issues ranging from whaling to bear farming through a combination of practical field work, lobbying governments and public campaigning.

©Matt Curnock

sWork in partnership with our member societies on projects that improve the welfare of wild animals throughout the world.

Protection please: WSPA is encouraging the IWC to focus on the protection of whales rather than on whaling.

What we’ll do next…

Thank you

sWork with traditional medicine communities around the world to encourage them not to use bear bile in their products and choose readily-available alternatives instead.

Thanks to you we were able to work on 15 programmes protecting the welfare of wild animals all around the world.

sEncourage the IWC to refocus its role by moving from the management of whaling to the protection of whales instead. sFund a wildlife grants programme that will enable a wider range of work to be carried out by our member society experts. This will include a project to return bonobos to the wild run by the Lola Ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the David Sheldrick de-snaring project which fights against the poaching of wild animals in Kenya.

At risk: The animals of Tsavo, like this dik dik antelope, are threatened by the bushmeat trade.

sOpen our Romanian Bear Sanctuary which, by the end of 2008, will house approximately 50 bears rescued from illegal captivity. sBuild on the emergency support to the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation and help to develop long-term alternative funding.


How we made a difference…

...for farm animals

With your help in 2007... sWe worked with our member society the Environment and Animal Protection Society of Taiwan (EAST) to highlight the horrific practices in Taiwanese slaughterhouses. Together we achieved an amendment to the Taiwanese Animal Protection Act so that animal cruelty – including inhumane slaughter – is now a criminal offence which can result in imprisonment.

sWe played a key role in six conferences, seminars and workshops in Colombia, Brazil and Uruguay. They were attended by more than two thousand people, including veterinarians, industry representatives and government officials, with the power to bring about improvements in farm animal welfare.

sWe signed agreements in Brazil and China – two of the largest producers of animal products in the world – to introduce ‘model farms’ which showcase humane and cost-effective alternatives to factory farming.

sWe campaigned against the cruelty of the Pigs of God competition in Taiwan where pigs are force-fed until they become up to six times their normal size, paraded through the streets and slaughtered inhumanely.

sWe signed a Memorandum of Understanding in China which paves the way for a humane slaughter training programme to be developed. Currently an estimated 923 million farm animals are slaughtered in China each year, often in unregulated conditions.

sWe launched Animal Trail in Brazil – a weekly animal welfare radio show – which has caught the attention of hundreds of thousands of listeners and won an education award from the government.

sWe funded a year-long global investigation into the long distance transport of live animals for a campaign launch in 2008. Millions of animals still suffer on these cruel and unnecessary journeys around the world only to be slaughtered at the journey’s end. Chilled or frozen meat could easily be transported instead.


Pig-friendly: Pigs reared and living in humane conditions at the Farm Animal Initiative (FAI) based in the UK at Oxford University. WSPA works with FAI to develop high welfare model farms in countries such as China and Brazil.

“A hundred years from now, it will not matter the sort of house we lived in, what our bank accounts were, or the car we drove…but the world may be different because we were important in the life of the animals and the creatures on this earth.” F & D Fletcher, WSPA UK supporters

What we do… sInfluence governments and farmers by promoting practical and humane alternatives to factory farming systems which cause animals pain and suffering. sWork with our member societies to raise public awareness of farming issues and to introduce strong farm animal welfare laws in Asian and Latin American countries where factory farming is on the rise.

Close quarters: Most of the world’s farm animals are farmed intensively and have little room to move or behave naturally like these egg laying hens in Colombia.

What we’ll do next…

Thank you

sLaunch our high welfare model farm in Brazil and run training courses in farm animal welfare with partners from Sao Paulo University.

You are helping us to improve the lives of the more than 60 billion animals farmed annually, often in appalling conditions, to produce meat, milk and eggs.

sPilot humane slaughter training schemes for veterinary inspectors in Brazil and China. sCampaign throughout the year to end the cruel and unnecessary long distance transport of live animals for slaughter. sResearch the global state of farm animal welfare and the damaging effects of factory farming on the environment. A report will be published in 2008.

Flower power: A life-size flower-covered pig used by WSPA to protest against the cruel Pigs of God competition in Taiwan.


How we made a difference‌

...for companion and working animals

With your help in 2007... sWorking with our member societies and national governments, we helped nearly 70,000 dogs by providing treatments including vaccinations and neutering in 12 different countries. sWe also spread the responsible pet ownership message to children and adults in these countries. sWe liaised regularly with key global organisations, such as the World Organisation for Animal Health, the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, regarding the need for humane rabies control and stray animal population management.

sWe treated more than 300,000 working horses, donkeys and mules in eight countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. sWith our member societies, we trained nearly 20,000 equine owners in how to care for their animals properly. sWith our member society Animal Freedom Korea, we campaigned against the dog and cat meat trade in Korea. We supported undercover investigations at dog meat farms, funded public awareness activities and lobbied against the trade nationally and internationally.

sWe were pleased to help the governments of 16 countries that asked us for advice on how to manage their stray cat and dog populations humanely.

Hot work: WSPA works around the world to lighten the loads of donkeys, horses and mules. ŠShannon Plummer


“For as long as I can remember I have been distressed by the terrible conditions in which our street dogs live and how they are treated. Through their kind donations, WSPA supporters have given me a valuable opportunity to make things better for them and for our local people.” Shevanti Jayasuriya, Blue Paw Trust, Sri Lanka

What we do… sStrive to prevent the suffering of the hundreds of millions of stray animals that endure persecution, disease and starvation. sSupport and initiate projects which help the world’s 90 million working horses, donkeys and mules – many of which are forced to work despite suffering from malnutrition and injury. sHelp pet animals that are not cared for properly. sCampaign to stop cats and dogs being killed and sold as meat. sEducate owners in how to care for the animals upon which they rely.

Stray situation: There are around one billion stray and unwanted cats and dogs in the world.

What we’ll do next…

Thank you

sContinue to encourage governments to introduce humane and effective ways to manage dog and cat populations in their countries. We hope the population control programme we introduced to Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 2007 will serve as a helpful model for other Asian countries.

Because of you we are able to support numerous projects that help cats, dogs and working equines in countries all around the world.

sConcentrate our efforts in the Middle East and Central America to promote responsible pet ownership and the need for companion animals to receive proper veterinary care. sSupport Animal Freedom Korea in the battle against the dog and cat meat trade and investigate other countries which are also involved.

Gentle touch: A vet from Brazilian member society Defensores dos Animais checks out a patient at the WSPA-backed clinic.

©Marco Pinto

sExtend our successful project, which provided care and treatment to nearly 2,000 working horses in Lampang, Thailand, to needy horses and ponies in Cambodia.


How we made a difference… disaster zones

With your help in 2007... sWe responded to 19 disasters in four continents, helping more than 110,000 animals. sWe launched pilot projects in both Argentina and Costa Rica, with our member societies and governments, to help communities prepare for disasters and reduce the dangers and risks to which their animals are exposed. sWe assessed how we could help communities in floodprone India and Bangladesh prepare for disasters and investigated how we could help African communities protect their animals from drought. sWe delivered food and veterinary care to livestock belonging to thousands of impoverished families affected by floods in Bangladesh. The relief reached 20,000 families over five days, benefiting more than 50,000 animals.

sWe helped our member societies cope with sick and injured animals during flooding which devastated parts of Bolivia in March, and the earthquake which struck Peru in August. Nearly 13,000 farm, wild and companion animals were given food and treatment. sWe developed the concept of Emergency Response Units – WSPA-supported disaster response teams – based in key veterinary faculties at universities around the world. We tested the concept in Nicaragua when it was hit by Hurricane Felix in September. More than 7,740 livestock and companion animals were treated and supplied with emergency feed.

Rising waters: When heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Bolivia in 2007 WSPA worked with its member societies to help animals in need.


“This is the first time people have received any cattle feed in this district and indeed ever during the floods in Bangladesh. It’s incredibly positive news – people are very happy with this assistance and it’s a great feeling that families in my district will be benefiting first.” Dr Mozammel Hoque Siddiquee, District Livestock Officer, Bangladesh

What we do… sDeliver the right levels of advice, support and response to communities affected by disasters, and work with governments, non-governmental organisations and our member societies to achieve this. sConvince the UN and governments of the importance of considering animals in disasters stressing the inextricable link between animal and human welfare and human livelihoods.

Welcome relief: A woman in flood-stricken Bangladesh carefully measures out food, provided by WSPA, for her animals.

What we’ll do next…

Thank you

sEnhance our capacity to respond to disasters by expanding the WSPA disaster management team. Additional staff will be ready to operate out of Costa Rica, Thailand, Tanzania and Colombia in 2008.

Your generous donations helped relieve pain and suffering for animals caught in disasters ranging from wind storms and flooding to earthquakes, volcanoes, humanitarian crises and wildfires.

sUndertake an ambitious disaster preparedness and risk reduction programme that will involve working with governments to include animals in civil defence disaster planning and providing training and equipment for our member societies and veterinary faculties.

Happy endings: Owners affected by Hurricane Dean return to collect their dogs from the temporary shelter set up by WSPA member society the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

©Lou Bopp

sDevelop our existing relationships with UN agencies to ensure we work effectively alongside them to the benefit of animals and their owners when disaster strikes.


How we made a difference…

...through education

With your help in 2007... sWe received UNESCO endorsement in Central and South America and the Caribbean for our international animal welfare education programme, which focuses on young people, aged five to 16. This programme is now running in five countries and reaches an estimated 2,500 students. sWe continued our fight against the poaching of animals for the bushmeat trade in communities around Tsavo National Park, Kenya, by recruiting an education officer to work with five local schools. We also worked with community leaders to develop alternative livelihoods to poaching such as beekeeping. sWe spread the word about our innovative education programme Concepts in Animal Welfare, which aims to introduce animal welfare into veterinary curricula by running 13 workshops and six conferences in 15 countries. Around 1,000 university lecturers, students, practising veterinarians and government officials were introduced to the programme. sWe helped about 110 universities integrate Concepts in Animal Welfare into their curricula and introduce it to their students in 23 countries including Mexico, Brazil, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.


sWe worked with the Omar Dengo Foundation, a non-profit educational organisation specialising in the use of information technology in the classroom, to introduce innovative animal welfare software to 700 Costa Rican primary schools. sWe distributed animal welfare education materials to 15 African member societies which run community education programmes for around 1,500 young people in five countries. sWe collaborated with the University of Costa Rica to evaluate our teacher training programmes and found that teachers and students had improved attitudes towards and knowledge of animal welfare after participation in our animal welfare education programme.

Classroom fun: Fijian children listen to an animal welfare lesson from Australian celebrity vet Dr Julie Summerfield.

“When we were poachers we didn’t know that animals had feelings like human beings and we didn’t care. But after receiving animal welfare education we now know and we’ve stopped poaching.” Isaac Mupua, ex-poacher, Kedong’u, West Tsavo National Park, Kenya

What we do... sSpread our animal welfare message to students, teachers and member societies through our animal welfare education workshops, creative resources and practical work in communities.

©Matias Recart

sReach agreements with governments to introduce and develop animal welfare into their education systems.

Keen interest: A young student in Chile works on materials from WSPA’s international animal welfare education programme.

What we’ll do next…

Thank you

sRun teacher training workshops in animal welfare for about 250 primary school teachers in Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Kenya and Thailand.

Your generosity means that we can fund 17 animal welfare education programmes in 30 countries.

sFund a PhD studentship which will assess attitudes towards animal welfare in veterinary education and evaluate the impact of Concepts in Animal Welfare. sLaunch an international animal welfare education website, featuring a database of 40 animal welfare resources, aimed at those involved in the education of young people aged five to 16 years old.

Hands on: Young people from deprived areas take part in WSPA-supported responsible pet ownership activities in Petecuy Park, Cali, Colombia.

sRelease the new, revised version of the Concepts in Animal Welfare syllabus to hundreds of veterinary faculties and related institutions worldwide.


How we made a difference‌


“WSPA has always been my partner whenever I needed to take a major step...right from the beginning when I didn’t have a penny for my first bonobos for my first small sanctuary in the grounds of the American School in Kinshasa and then for Lola Ya Bonobo. WSPA is always there. Claudine Andre, founder of Lola Ya Bonobo, Democratic Republic of Congo

Building a global network So many of our successes throughout 2007 were only possible because of the efforts of our Member Society Network. This alliance of 854 animal welfare organisations works tirelessly and often in very difficult conditions to improve animal welfare around the world. In 2007 we welcomed 123 new member societies to the WSPA network. The rapid expansion of our Member Society Network in recent years has transformed WSPA into an international alliance with a truly global reach. Member societies are key to improving animal welfare worldwide and we are proud to provide them with practical support, training and guidance to help them with their vital animal protection work.

Thank you

©Vanessa Woods

Wildlife release: A WSPAfunded project will help member society Lola Ya Bonobo return rescued bonobos to the wild in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Your invaluable support meant we could make grants totalling just over $460,000 (US) to member societies in more than 55 countries enabling them to carry out animal welfare projects, campaigns and educational activities.


How we made a difference…

...worldwide Canada – The Calgary Humane Society, Cochrane and Area Humane Society and Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force worked closely with First Nation (indigenous) communities throughout 2007, to bring desperately needed veterinary services to thousands of dogs and cats living on First Nation lands. We supported the initiative by giving grants through the Canada Northern Dogs Programme.

USA – Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation (IBBR) is renowned for its success rate in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned black bear cubs. Twenty-two bears were released in 2007. WSPA has used IBBR’s success rate to show governments and NGOs in countries such as Japan, Turkey, India, Ecuador and Indonesia that cub rehabilitation and release is a feasible option.

Portugal – Portuguese group ANIMAL, and WSPA member societies the League Against Cruel Sports (UK) and Comité Anti-Stierenvechten (Netherlands) organised the first International Antibullfighting Summit in Lisbon in May 2007. Twenty-two animal welfare organisations attended from ten countries across Europe and Latin America and together launched the Worldwide Network for the Abolition of Bullfighting.

Ecuador – Ecuador member society Proteccion Animal Ecuador (PAE) is one of many groups from around the world that has made a huge difference to WSPA’s campaign for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare. In 2007 they collected almost 22,040 signatures.


Brazil – Brazilian member society, Defensores dos Animais, opened a WSPAbacked clinic and animal welfare education centre in an impoverished area of Rio de Janeiro. The clinic opened in October 2007 and has been offering reduced rate neutering ever since. It aims to neuter 2,000 dogs and cats each year.

Sierra Leone – A grant given to Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone funded the purchase of veterinary equipment, laboratory equipment and office equipment. The sanctuary, located within 100 acres of rainforest, is committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned chimpanzees. It currently provides a safe haven for 85 chimpanzees.

India – India Project for Animals and Nature, through its animal shelter and hospital in Mavanhalla, Tamil Nadu, provides help for injured, abused and abandoned domestic animals. Its programmes to treat and prevent contagious diseases in domestic animals also indirectly protect the local wildlife from the devastating effects of diseases including foot and mouth, rabies, blackquarter and distemper.

Thailand – WSPA member society Soi Cat and Dog Bangkok is addressing the city’s over-population of dogs. Throughout 2007 it worked with local businesses and communities to encourage better understanding of the issue and to encourage tackling the problem at a community level using humane and effective methods.

Samoa – A three-day WSPA workshop focusing on Stray Animal Management and Humane Education was attended by nine member societies from across the Pacific. The workshop promoted responsible pet ownership and respect for animals as well as tackling the stray dog problem. Most of the societies work at a very similar level, focusing on catch, neuter and release programmes, rehoming, basic vet care and animal welfare education.

South Africa – The Karoo Animal Protection Society (KAPS) is a completely voluntary mobile animal welfare service which helps animals and owners in poor communities within an enormous 5,000 km2 area. KAPS offers free neutering to pets whose owners cannot afford it themselves. A grant given to KAPS in South Africa funded a mobile welfare service VETSOL to target poor communities for dog sterilisation, vaccinations and responsible pet education.

Jordan – In 2007 a state of the art animal hospital was opened in Jordan by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. The hospital, owned and managed by member society the Humane Centre for Animal Welfare, is funded by WSPA and the Jordanian government. It provides free treatment for working equines, camels and companion animals owned by the nomadic and Bedouin tribes from poorer communities.


Financial summary 2007

Income 2%




Appeals, gifts and donations – regular



Appeals, gifts and donations – single













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Farm Animals



Disaster Management



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Organisational support









Bequests Investments 51%




Expenditure 3%






Education 21% 11%




(Deficit)/Surplus 22

Treasurer’s Report For WSPA, 2007 was another year of substantial growth. Total income increased by over US$7 million to US$46 million, which is 19% higher than the previous year. This was entirely due to an increase in donations and appeals which overall went up by almost US$9 million. This is extremely encouraging as it shows that fundraising and publicity initiatives are continuing to increase awareness of WSPA around the world. After a large increase in 2006, legacy and trust income decreased in 2007 from US$9 million to US$6 million, reflecting its volatile nature. Investment income dropped slightly but remained at about 2% of total income. WSPA had its biggest ever year of expenditure on animal welfare totalling US$41 million in 2007, an increase of nearly US$14 million, or 49%. This increase was in excess of the growth in total income, resulting in a deficit for the year of over US$5 million. A deficit had been budgeted by the Board for 2007 but not one of this magnitude. The ratio of fundraising costs in 2007 remained fairly consistent at 16%. Investment in activities such as online and TV advertising continued, and has proved extremely successful in both increasing income from regular donors and in raising awareness of the organisation. Organisational support expenditure, at 3%, remained consistent with 2006.

Dr Andrew Rowan Treasurer

As for many organisations, 2008 is likely to be a challenging year for WSPA due to the current economic climate which is likely to have an impact on donation income. With this in mind, the organisation is not aiming for a year of rapid growth, but to focus on existing activities, ensuring that the maximum possible is spent on areas providing the most impact on animal welfare. After another exceptional year I would like to thank the staff, volunteers, donors and all other supporters of WSPA for their contribution to the organisation and to the work of helping animals in need.

The figures are extracted from WSPA global consolidated accounts which are non-statutory and unaudited. They are provided for general information purposes only. All accounts of individual WSPA offices however are audited locally. For further details of WSPA’s global financial affairs, please contact WSPA Head Office in London. For more financial information about individual WSPA offices, please visit the website of the relevant office (details on back cover) or consult WSPA Head Office.


A world of difference for animals...

...thanks to you “WSPA is my eyes, my hands, and my feet. They do what I can’t do in places where I cannot go. WSPA is the voice, the authority and the action for me and countless other people who feel as strongly about animal welfare as they do. The more I read and investigate the work being done by this organisation, the more passionate I become about supporting them and encouraging others to do so as well.” Jean Giesbrecht, Canada

We would like to thank all those organisations and individuals who have supported our animal welfare work around the world during 2007, a very small number of whom we have been able to name here.

©Steve Leonard for the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation


You helped us to achieve a huge amount during 2007, including helping to raise over US$1.5 million to keep the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo from closure following a financial crisis. The Nyaru Menteng Sanctuary is the world’s largest primate sanctuary and is run by Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation. It provides a safe haven for threatened orangutans and helps them towards rehabilitation. Your support has enabled Nyaru Menteng to continue their care for over 600 orangutans rescued from persecution and forest fires across Borneo. Thanks to you we have also helped to make improvements to the sanctuary itself. We are now embarking on a ground-breaking three-year partnership with BOS through which we will help strengthen their organisational and fundraising capacities to make them a financially independent organisation. This flagship project is a big step towards the survival of the orangutan as a species. We hope that you will want to support this exciting work in 2008 and beyond.

Vital support: Thanks to you, we are working to make the future of orangutans at the Nyaru Menteng Sanctuary more secure.

“At the Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation we have been proud to support WSPA’s work for over 15 years – from the project to end bear farming in Asia to the new campaign to stop the long distance transport of animals for slaughter.”

“Donating to WSPA is the best way that I can contribute to the improvement of animal welfare across the world. I am confident that every penny is used directly to provide help for animals where it is most needed” Stephen Hall, UK

Terry Kenny, The Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation Special care: Bangladeshi children with Bengal goats vital to their families’ livelihoods. WSPA provided food and treatment for around 50,000 animals affected by the terrible floods which struck Bangladesh in August.

WSPA Australia/New Zealand Daniel and Berry Almagor; Rita Andre; Deborah Compton; Donkey Wheel Fund; Wayne and Jennifer Mary Fitzherbert; Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd; Andrew Milner; Mary O’Sullevan; Joan Pearson; Maria Ridsdale; Dr Kala Saravanamuthu; Betty Saunders-Klimenko; Dr Alice Simpson; Joan Sturzaker; Meridy Taite; Marjorie Wallace; Caroline Wilkinson.

WSPA Canada Ms Elizabeth Aszkanazy; BMO Bank of Montreal; Eden Conservation Trust; Mrs Betty Hasler; Irene Joy Stewart and Florence Maud Shedden Fund for Domestic and Wild Animal Welfare.

WSPA Denmark Det Østasiatiske Kompanis Almennyttige Fond.

WSPA Germany Fressnapf Tiernahrungs GmbH.

WSPA UK Mary Corin; Dischma Charitable Trust; Simon Gibson Charitable Trust; Lady Annabel Goldsmith; Greener Solutions; Stephen Hall; Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust; Betty Lawes Foundation; William and Katherine Longman; MBNA Europe Bank; The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust; Natural Collection/Green Dot Guides; The Rufford Maurice Laing Foundation; The Persula Foundation; Odile Stamberger.

WSPA USA Christine Dale; Cecil B DeMille Foundation; Lorraine Oberfeld and Alejandro Doring; The Edith B. and Lee V. Jacobs Fund No. 2; Abner and Diana Kingman; Leonard X. Bosack and Bette M. Kruger Charitable Foundation; Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation; Dr Holly Morris; Panaphil Foundation; William and Charlotte Parks Foundation; Stephen and Wendie Ryter; Judi and Howard Strauss Foundation; Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation; Dr Jane Williamson; Michael Wood.

WSPA Ambassadors and Celebrities We are so grateful for the support of our Ambassadors, who include: Lady Annabel Goldsmith; Kate Goldsmith; Lady Jacqueline Rufus-Isaacs; Dominic Brunt; Robin Ince; Calvin Ayre; Naz Karroll. We also received tremendous support from celebrities in 2007, including: Miranda Richardson; Geraldine James; Graham Norton; Jackie Chan; Michaela Strachan; Brian Blessed; Ricky Gervais; Charlotte Uhlenbroek; Chrissie Hynde; Andrew Sachs; and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Legacies In 2007 legacies also continued to be one of WSPA’s most important sources of income and we are sincerely indebted to everyone who remembered us in their wills, enabling us to plan for the future.

©Tomas Stargardter

On site: WSPA’s Disaster Management Veterinary Field Officer Juan Carlos Murillo and a Nicaraguan rancher take a well-earned break while working to help cattle in the aftermath of Hurricane Felix.


WSPA Advisory Council WSPA’s Advisory Council is largely composed of representatives from the world’s largest and most influential animal welfare organisations. Countries represented on the Advisory Council currently include: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. Jackie Ballard UK Marie Belew Wheatley USA Dominique Bellemare CANADA Jay Bowen USA Dr Ray Butcher UK Dr Bjarne Clausen DENMARK Helmut Dungler AUSTRIA Tom Frost UK Professor Dr Astrid Funke GERMANY Jeremy Hulme UK Dr Chinny Krishna INDIA Carter Luke USA Philip Lymbery UK Hanja Maij-Weggen THE NETHERLANDS Peter Mason NEW ZEALAND Angela McCarthy IRELAND Carmen Mendez SPAIN Marcelle Meredith SOUTH AFRICA Dr Toralf Metveit NORWAY Peter Mollerup DENMARK Professor Ranald Munro UK Ian Paterson UK Siri Relling NORWAY Mark Rissi SWITZERLAND Edwin Sayres USA Sven Stenson SWEDEN

President: Professor Ranald Munro BVMS MSc DVM DipFM DipECVP MRCVS Sr Vice-President: Dr Hugh Wirth AM KSJ BVSc Hon DVSc MRCVS FAVA Jr Vice-President: Mr William Swann Treasurer: Dr Andrew Rowan DPhil Secretary: Mr Dominique Bellemare LLB MBA (CANADA) Director General: Major General Peter Davies CB Deputy Director General: Mr Tim Bowman International Director of Disaster Management: Mr Philip Russell MBE International Director of Finance: Mr Henry Bennett International Director of Marketing and Communications: Ms Amanda Seller International Director of Programmes: Ms Leah Garcés Director United Nations Affairs: Mr Larry Roeder Jr Chief Veterinary Adviser: Mr David Wilkins MRCVS MBE

William Swann UK Sonja van Tichelen EUROGROUP Dr Dennis Turner SWITZERLAND Cecilia Vega Leon MEXICO Dr David Wiebers USA Dr Hugh Wirth AUSTRALIA


Winter walker: A rescued bear enjoys its freedom at WSPA’s Romanian Bear Sanctuary in Zarnesti.

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WSPA Global Review 2007  

WSPA's work in 2007

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