World Animal Protection

We move the world to protect animals

New York, NY   |  http://www.worldanimalprotection.us

Mission

World Animal Protection's mission is to move the world to protect animals. Our vision is a world where animals live free from suffering. For over 50 years, we have been protecting animals around the world. World Animal Protection passionately believes that animal welfare matters and animal cruelty must end, whether that animal is in the wild, living in a community, caught in a disaster or being farmed. We work in over 50 countries, collaborating with local communities, NGOs and governments to responsibly and sustainably change animals' lives for the better. We also act for animals at a global level, using our United Nations consultative status to give them a voice and put animal welfare on the global agenda so we can show that what's good for animals is good for the world.

Notes from the nonprofit

Around the world animals face unprecedented threats. Today, we are much more in control over how the world's animals live and we are now better placed than ever to help end their suffering. By giving to World Animal Protection you can make a real difference in the lives of animals. World Animal Protection receives no government funding and without your generosity, our vital programs for animals, would not exist.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Ms. Lindsay Oliver

Main address

535 8th Ave 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10018 USA

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Formerly known as

World Society for the Protection of Animals

EIN

04-2718182

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Our programs

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Animals in Farming

We take action to give better lives to the billions of farm animals who suffer every day. We work with farmers to find solutions for better animal welfare. We empower people to choose high welfare animal products. We do whatever is needed to persuade governments, businesses and consumers to join us in improving farm animal welfare, creating a better world for us all.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We respond when disasters strike and animals are threatened with suffering and death. We work with local partners to provide urgent, effective aid. We help governments and communities prepare for disasters – so people are always ready to protect, rescue and care for animals. We do whatever is needed to save animals and the livelihoods of people who depend on them.

Population(s) Served

We find the most effective ways to protect animals in communities. We help governments to manage dog populations humanely and to vaccinate against rabies, instead of culling dogs. We share advice on responsible pet ownership. We prevent working animals being overworked and abused. In short, we do whatever it takes to stop the needless killing of animals worldwide.

Population(s) Served

We take action to stop wild animals suffering – wherever that suffering is most far-reaching and most severe. We influence the decisions people make affecting wildlife on a global scale. We do whatever is needed to protect wild animals from being cruelly traded, trapped, abused or killed – because wild animals belong in the wild.

Population(s) Served

With an understanding of key animal welfare principles, people come to understand and appreciate the role that we can all play in improving the lives of the world's animals. WSPA is committed to ensuring that all of our projects and campaigns are backed by credible scientific, educational and investigative expertise. This strong backbone allows us to build the respected and effective relationships with governments and international organizations that we need to shape animal welfare policies worldwide and make huge changes in animals' lives.

Population(s) Served

Change starts with you. If we want to halt and reverse the direction our planet is headed in, we need to dramatically reduce our consumption of meat from animals. That means switching to plant-based alternatives and to other protein sources such as ‘clean meat’.

We are not a vegan or vegetarian organization, but we do understand the huge effect that eating less meat can have on the lives of farmed animals, your health and the planet.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to help every single animal whenever and wherever abuse happens. But we can't do everything. We have to make choices. We focus on those issues and activities where we can have the biggest impact on reducing the scale, duration and intensity of animal suffering. That's why we have four clearly defined programs - animals in farming; animals in the wild; animals in communities and animals in disasters. Their specific objectives demonstrate how we will achieve the greatest possible global impact for animals

In farming, we will transform the lives of at least 1 billion animals on the farm.

In the wild, we will directly save at least 100,000 wild animals from being traded and used for entertainment, as luxury pets or products, and as traditional medicines. We will also save 1 million marine animals.

In communities, we will convince the governments of 25 countries to adopt humane and ethical dog population management policy and practices. These will improve the lives of at least 50 million dogs.

In disasters, we will directly benefit the lives of at least 5 million animals through our disaster response and improve the lives of a further 270 million animals by working with target governments to change policy and practice.

Our theory of change describes how we move the world to protect animals. To realize our mission, we must focus on how we can achieve impact for animals on a global scale, through each and every one of our campaigns. This requires a varied approach.

We have identified three interconnected activity streams to help us to create the necessary sustainable change. These three fundamental activity streams support and enhance each other. They provide us with a powerful foundation for campaigning so that we deliver tangible, lasting impact for animals.

We educate and mobilize:
We educate to build awareness and understanding, improve skills and change attitudes. We change behavior, galvanizing people worldwide to take actions in their own lives. We mobilize them to join us as campaigners, donors and advocates for animals, to demonstrate the scale of support for our cause.

We catalyze solutions:
We cannot do everything ourselves, so we influence business, law, policy, investment and practice. We identify what works around the world by working directly with individuals, communities and animals to develop practical models, or to promote effective local solutions. Projects helping thousands of animals today can help billions tomorrow when adopted by those people who have the influence and resources to implement solutions on a global scale.

We lobby and advocate:
We work to influence change at the highest level. This means we must build and sustain relationships at the highest levels of global debate for animals. We do this by showing our understanding of the problems and demonstrating sustainable solutions. By working collaboratively with those in a position to implement change, we will have a greater and longer-term effect. Any government, business or institution serious about improving the lives of animals is a potential partner.

For over 50 years we have been a catalyst - moving people, governments, communities and non-governmental organizations to protect animals across the world. In the past five years alone, we have made real advances in our work. For example, by providing rabies vaccinations, we have prevented hundreds of thousands of dogs from being shot, poisoned or beaten to death. By providing emergency feed and veterinary care, we have benefited millions of animals in disaster prone areas.

To achieve maximum impact, we focus on working with those governments, organizations and people who can provide the most significant change for animals in every region where we work. We work with significant global bodies. These include the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and key United Nations (UN) agencies such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We also work with regional inter-governmental organizations. These include the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the African Union, European Union and multi / bi-lateral funders such as the World Bank and international development and aid agencies. Our combined regional successes build up and showcase our effectiveness. They help us develop channels of influence, credibility and authority with the global stakeholders that have the collective power to achieve the highest impact for animals around the world.

Our 2020 goals in farming target the transformation of the lives of at least 1 billion animals on the farm. In 2015, we improved the lives of 90 million farm animals.

Our 2020 goals in the wild target that we will directly save at least 100,000 wild animals from being traded and used for entertainment, as luxury pets or products, and as traditional medicines. In 2015, 92 tour operators have committed to stop offering elephant rides and shows including The Travel Corporation, World Expeditions and G Adventures. Following a long campaign by World Animal Protection and partner Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), the Vietnamese Ministry of Health issued instructions for an industry-wide ban on the use of endangered species products in cosmetics. The instructions were distributed to all Departments of Health throughout the country. Companies with no proof of legal origin of wildlife content in cosmetics must cease production and sale immediately.

Our target is to save 1 million marine animals by 2020. In 2015, we launched the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) a cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide. A high profile Steering Group was elected to lead the GGGI alongside World Animal Protection including NOAA's Marine Debris Division, Young's Seafood, GhostNets Australia and the Ghost Fishing Foundation. Three GGGI Working Groups were established to 'Build Evidence'; 'Define Best Practice and Inform Policies'; and 'Catalyse and Replicate Solutions'. Over 1,900 kg of ghost gear was removed globally and we received a USD $20,000 grant from the United Nations Environment Program towards the development of a GGGI data portal to standardize ghost gear data collection globally.

Our 2020 goals in communities target that we will convince the governments of 25 countries to adopt humane and ethical dog population management policy and practices. These will improve the lives of at least 50 million dogs. In 2015, over 416,000 dogs were vaccinated in 6 countries (Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Tanzania).

Our 2020 goals in disasters target that we will directly benefit the lives of at least 5 million animals through our disaster response. In 2015, over 1,425,000 animals have been helped.

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World Animal Protection

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Carter Luke

Carter Luke

Sonya Marques-Correia

Margulf Foundation

Sandra Bereti

Steve McIvor

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/02/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.