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World Animal Protection’s (WAP) vision is a world where animals live free from suffering. Why? Because animals have a right to live free from pain. WAP tackles animal cruelty and suffering worldwide by helping governments and communities to protect and care for their animals. For example, 3,000 dogs used to be culled every year in Cali, Colombia for fear of rabies. We persuaded the government to sterilise dogs instead. The number of strays fell by 25%. Dog bites reduced. And when the project ended, 10,000 people paid to sterilise their dogs, rather than returning to culling. Why? Because millions of people depend on animals. WAP demonstrates the vital relationship between people and animals. They campaign for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, and over 2 million people, 330 animal groups and dozens of governments have already pledged their support. They successfully moved the United Nations to acknowledge the importance of animals and their health and welfare. This, and other victories will contribute to policy change worldwide. Why? Because we all have the power to improve animal welfare by moving communities and governments to stop animal suffering. WAP focuses on ending bear baiting in Pakistan – just one example of their work to end cruelty by helping people everywhere to respect and protect animals. They been moving the world to protect bears for more than 20 years. In India, Turkey and Greece, they have helped to end bear dancing – for good. Why? Because a sustainable future for the planet can only be achieved if both animals and people are part of the solution. WAP is part of the big global debates on how we live within the world’s resources now and in the future. They are helping shape the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that all countries need to adopt from 2016, to ensure animal protection is not forgotten. In 2013 WAP persuaded UN Member States to adopt animal protection language in two General Assembly Resolutions, on agriculture and disaster risk reduction. For the first time, this places animal welfare at the heart of policy and decision making at the United Nations. Credit: World Animal Protection.
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