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The impact of your gifts

Making communities safe 

For Ayo*, a young boy from Nairobi’s impoverished and densely populated Kibra area, the mobile veterinary clinic offering  free rabies vaccinations in June 2019 was a life-saver for his three puppies. Kibra is the largest urban poor area in Africa and the third largest in the world. Thousands of dogs roam its streets. Unfortunately, dogs have reportedly been biting people and as Campaign Manager Dr. Emily Mudoga explains, “this generates fear in the community of a rabies outbreak and has led to dogs being killed. We’re here to prove that providing services like this can keep communities safe and dogs alive in Kibra.” The vaccination drive carried out by World Animal Protection and local partners Trap Neuter Release Trust and the Kenya Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (KSPCA) helped vaccinate, deworm and sterilize 976 vulnerable dogs. Rabies is 99% preventable by maintaining the vaccination of just 70% of the dog population. By providing this crucial service, dogs and in turn people like Ayo, are protected from rabies which creates a healthier community.

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Approximately 1,200 dogs are inhumanely killed every hour primarily from a fear of rabies. The killing must end.

Rescued just in time

Maggie (pictured below) was just a young cub when she was snatched from the wild by poachers and sold into a barbaric life of  pain. For four years, this beautiful bear was tormented into dancing in the streets for money and forced to fight off the attacks of trained dogs for blood thirsty entertainment known as “bear baiting”. Maggie’s body and spirit were broken. After numerous attempts to convince her owner to surrender her in exchange for an alternative livelihood, our local partner Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) worked with the police and Sindh Wildlife Conservation Department in May 2019 to coordinate a  nighttime raid to rescue her. “When she was found, she was lethargic and fearful. She was very submissive, and it was clear that she hadn’t been eating.” Madeeha Manzoor, BRC Zoologist, reports, “It was as if she had lost her will to survive.” Luckily, the rescue was carried out in time. Today Maggie is healthy, thriving and enjoying her freedom at the sanctuary.

We have ended bear baiting in three other provinces of Pakistan and we aim to bring the remaining bears in The Sindh to Balkasar before the end of the year. Rescuing Maggie takes us a step closer to this goal.
– Madeeha Manzoor, BRC Zoologist

The show can’t go on 

Elephants beaten to paint pictures. Dolphins trained to do unnatural tricks. Tigers chained and used as photo props. In  tourism venues around the world as many as 550,000 wild animals suffer as they are forced to perform and interact with tourists for hours on end. This is no life for a wild animal. World Animal Protection is moving people, companies and governments to address the cruelty and reduce demand. Thanks to our supporters, change is happening. TripAdvisor removed nearly all wild animal attractions of concern from their site. Instagram issued a content advisory page, educating its users about the issues that selfies cause to wild  animals. And over 245 travel companies have joined our elephant-friendly pledge to no longer promote or sell elephant rides and shows.

If you can see animals involved in activities they wouldn’t normally do in the wild, then it shouldn’t be shown at an attraction. It’s not natural, it’s not educational, it’s cruel.
– Melissa Matlow, Campaign Director, World Animal Protection

The tide is turning

Lost or discarded fishing gear (known as ghost gear) continues to be a huge threat to ocean life, entangling, injuring and killing hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and other sea animals every year. Since launching the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) in 2015, it has grown to more than 100 members including governments, businesses and the fishing industry. Thanks to supporters like you, there have been 13 lifesaving initiatives to help protect our oceans including gear removal and tagging projects. In 2018, we worked with our local partner Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation to recover the largest mass of ghost gear recorded in the Gulf of Maine comprising of lost ropes, lobster traps and netting, weighing 1.76 tonnes. These projects are vital to reducing the harmful impacts of ghost gear and ensuring our precious ocean life not only survives but thrives.

It’s amazing to see corporations and governments taking action on one of the deadliest forms of marine litter, however there is still more to do. By giving a gift, you can be a champion for ocean wildlife and help protect it.
– Lynn Kavanagh, Oceans and Wildlife Campaign Manager, World Animal Protection