12 Things we’re thankful for this year

Posted on 21 December 2016 by Rosie Bell
in the Animals in disasters blog

Good riddance to 2016? Maybe. But thanks to you, it was a pretty good year for animals. Here’s how…

By continuing to sign petitions, writing to MPs and putting pressure on decision makers, you’re helping to end cruelty to wild animals in tourism and entertainment. Thanks to over 558,000 signatories, travel company Tripadvisor will stop selling tickets to some of the world’s cruellest tourist attractions.

A tiger cub sitting inside a cage

You helped us create #BetterLivesForDogs across the world – fighting rabies and the violent culls carried out in its name. In Kenya, we administered the 1 millionth rabies vaccination since our work began to protect animals and communities against this deadly virus.

A dog feeding several puppies with one puppy in a cardboard box while a child stands in the background in Kenya

Local teams rescued 15 more bears from captive cruelty in Romania and Pakistan – including the beautiful Maya (pictured). Our supporter-funded partner sanctuaries are collectively home to 127 rescued bears – and every rescue brings us one important step closer to ending cruel practices like bear dancing, and the vicious blood-sport bear baiting.

An image of Maya the bear who was rescued in December 2016

You were there for animals when disaster struck – and with your help we aided over 650,000 animals in 10 countries hit by floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters this year; coordinating relief and delivering food, shelter, emergency treatment and mobile vet care.

A dog standing amongst earthquake debris following the earthquake in Ecuador

Together we influenced the international community to acknowledge the importance of animal welfare in reducing disaster risk, helping ensure that countless animals are protected in the future through the UN’s Sendai disaster disk reduction framework.

A pig standing with a piglet in rain water following a disaster in Argentina

At the Rio 2016 Olympics, we trained staff to handle animals who strayed onto the sites, rescuing and rehoming animals during construction and throughout the games.

Cats being held by a World Animal Protection worker in Rio

Our campaign to make a #ChangeForChickens kicked off with over 300,000 signatures demanding action to improve welfare in fast food supply chains…

A chick in an indoor chicken farm

 …and years of lobbying paid off when the Committee on Food Security of the United Nations endorsed policy recommendations to improve animal welfare in farming systems.

Pigs in a farming system in China

You helped save the National Wildlife Crime Unit when the government threatened it with closure – helping ensure that those who abuse and exploit wildlife still face justice.

A wild hare sitting in long grass

Thanks to the great generosity of supporters, injured orangutans will soon have a new forest home at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation…

A baby orangutan laying on a tree branch

…a water source has been built to protect precious wildlife in the Yangudi Rassa National Park, Ethiopia…

An antelope in the wild in Ethiopia

…and through the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, solutions are underway to stop lost and abandoned fishing gear causing deadly injury to marine animals. We’re also training and assisting rescue teams to save entangled animals around the world.

A female grey seal tangled in discarded fishing gear in Devon

In other words, this year you showed us in your hundreds of thousands that there are people willing to stand up for animal welfare – and the movement continues to gather strength. Together, we’ll create the change that protects countless animals from cruelty and suffering in 2017 and beyond. On behalf of the UK team and all the animals you’re helping to protect:

THANK YOU – and have a very Happy New Year.

Christi the bear smiling at a camera in the Romanian sanctuary

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