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Who we are

People with their remaining livestock after flooding, Bangladesh

Our vision: a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals exists to tackle animal cruelty across the globe. We work directly with animals and with the people and organisations that can ensure animals are treated with respect and compassion.

With your support, we campaign effectively to combat the world’s most intense and large-scale animal welfare issues. We bring about lasting change by:

• helping people understand the critical importance of good animal welfare 

• encouraging nations to commit to animal-friendly practices 

• building the scientific case for the better treatment of animals.

WSPA’s work is focused on four priority animal welfare areas:

  • Animals in communities – prevention of cruelty and inhumane culling of animals from fear of rabies.
  • Animals in the wild – intensive farming and the cruel management and killing of wild animals for food or by-products.
  • Animals in farming – intensive farming, long distance transport and inhumane slaughter of animals for food.
  • Animals in disasters – providing care to animals suffering as a result of man-made or natural disasters, and thereby protecting people’s livelihoods.

Realising our aims

We are local

We improve animals’ lives and prevent animal cruelty by working directly with communities and owners. Working on the ground with local partners for greatest effect, we are active in more than 50 countries. WSPA has  17 offices  and hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide.

We are global

We have consultative status and collaborate with national governments, the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health – influencers with the power to improve the lives of millions of animals. We are uniquely placed to bring animals into the heart of the most pressing global debates and prove the links between good animal welfare and successful sustainable development.

We are there in emergencies

When disaster strikes, we make sure that animals – so vital for community recovery – are not forgotten. Working with partner organisations, governments, humanitarian groups and international agencies, WSPA is the world leader in animal-focused disaster response and risk reduction. With 30 years of experience, sometimes we are the only animal organisation able to access disaster-struck regions and make a very real, immediate difference to suffering animals.


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