WSPA is an international animal welfare charity. Our vision is a world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty ends.
For anyone who stumbles upon this page and is not familiar with the term 'animal welfare': Animal welfare is the viewpoint that all animals, especially those under human care, should be treated in such a way that they do not suffer unnecessarily.
Animal Welfare is a global issue:
Globally, there are some 600 million dogs, and a similar number of cats, of which an estimated 80% are stray or unwanted.
The illegal and often inhumane trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is a soaring black market worth $10 billion a year, exceeded only by arms and drug smuggling. Millions of wild animals are killed, captured or traded inhumanely in this shady business.
There are an estimated 60 million animals in farms around the world. Many of the farms use industrial farming practices where animal welfare is not a concern.
An estimated 80% of power input on farms in developing countries is supplied by draught animals, however the resources made available are often woefully inadequate, leading to significant welfare issues.
Animals are also affected on a huge scale by natural disasters, though seldom considered.
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