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Sponsor A Polar Bear This Winter

They are awfully cute, and they’re looking for a new place to call their own.


November 30, 2008 Posted by | Commentary, Did you know?, Economy, Go green, Inspiration, Politics, Rant, technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Concentration Camps For Horses

This is just F**ked Up!  Did you know there are extremely different laws regarding animal rights in our neighbors to the North and South of the US?  There’s a treachery of a horse auction in Colorado that allows horrible people to bid, purchase, and then transport horses to Canada/Mexico where they are later slaughtered.  Even worse, this type on industry has experienced a year over year expansion of almost 140%.

Here’s the article, if you’d like to read the details – be warned, it’s really disheartening….  More horses sent abroad for slaughter after ban


November 27, 2008 Posted by | Animal Protection, Commentary, Did you know?, Economy, Politics, Rant | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Dear Friend,

Right now a small pony in rural Cambodia is struggling to carry a heavy load strapped to his already fragile back. Beneath the burdensome cargo the sharp outline of his spine and protruding ribs are shockingly visible. He hasn’t had enough food for days, perhaps weeks, and he is on the verge of collapsing…

Another pony is limping as she pulls a cart through the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city. Chronic malnutrition and bad equipment have left her lame and in constant pain, with infected wounds that are opened fresh every day. With no veterinary care available, she will continue to grow weaker and sicker…

The working ponies of Cambodia desperately need our help. Overworked, overloaded, sick, weak, and starving, they can’t take much more. You can change this by making a gift to WSPA today.

A lifetime of suffering

Rural Cambodia is a land of extreme poverty and hardship. The farmers and laborers who live there cannot afford vehicles and rely on working ponies for their livelihoods – every day around 30,000 ponies can be seen on the streets from early morning until late evening, pulling carts, carrying heavy loads, providing transportation, and giving rides to tourists.

Despite their importance these ponies endure chronic neglect and abuse. In Cambodia there are no trained equine vets, and there is no tradition of equine care, nutrition, and farriery. In addition, most owners cannot afford appropriate food and equipment for their ponies.

As a result many ponies die from easily treatable diseases and injuries, while others slowly starve to death – some ponies eat only what food they can find for themselves. Many also suffer from open wounds, skin infections, and chronic lameness. Sadly, it is not uncommon to see ponies limping and dragging their legs as they pull their heavy loads.

Bringing hope to the ponies of Cambodia

WSPA and our member society, the Lampang Pony Welfare Organization (LPWO) are running an ambitious new project to help these ponies – and we need your support. Our project, now in its pilot year, has already brought medical treatment, care, and relief to hundreds of ponies throughout Cambodia and is continuing to deliver aid every day. We’re also reaching out to communities and equine owners to educate them about proper care of their animals, and we’re training local veterinarians and farriers in equine care and welfare.

Although we have made great strides so far, there are so many ponies who are still waiting for relief from hunger, pain, and suffering. Without our intervention, there is little hope for these animals – WSPA and LPWO are the only organizations working in Cambodia to help them, and if we do not step in they will continue to suffer.

But with your support we can change this. These ponies can be saved. Join us now and make your gift to bring aid to these ponies and other animals in need around the world today.


Cecily West

Executive Director



All gifts to WSPA represent a contribution to WSPA’s entire mission. Donations will be used where they are most needed to help animals.

WSPA USA, Lincoln Plaza, 89 South Street, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02111, 1-800-883-9772


September 13, 2008 Posted by | Animal Protection | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘DogTown’: ‘The Michael Vick Dogs’ – TELEVISION REVIEW


September 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Help us guarantee a future for orangutans

Dear Friend,

Imagine a baby orangutan sitting alone on the rainforest floor.  Too scared to even move.  Her mother nowhere in sight.  She’s alive, but she’s severely traumatized from watching as her mother was killed with a machete.
This poor orphaned orangutan and countless others cannot survive on their own.   They need a safe place to call home where they can receive the care they need to one day return to the wild.  The Nyaru Menteng Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Borneo, Indonesia, provides a lifeline for these many orphaned, injured, and abused orangutans.  But now this place of refuge needs saving, and we need your help.

A growing crisis

Orangutans are one of the most critically endangered species on the planet, as a result of both poaching and habitat loss.  These gentle and intelligent apes are found only in Sumatra and Borneo, and over the past two decades 90% of their natural habitat in Borneo has disappeared.

Why are orangutans under threat?  The answer is simple – they’re in the way. 

As the growing palm oil industry expands, it encroaches on the orangutans’ natural habitat, cutting down trees and burning the land.  Orangutans are either left to wander through burnt areas of deforested land or are caught and killed by poachers as they try to escape.  Often mother orangutans are killed as their young still cling to them.  Many orphans die from falling out of trees when their mothers are attacked or from the trauma of seeing their mothers get killed. 

A permanent solution

The Nyaru Menteng Sanctuary, run by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), is the largest primate sanctuary in the world.  The center rescues endangered, injured, and orphaned orangutans from the wild and from illegal captivity, and rehabilitates them when possible.

Last year when the sanctuary’s main source of funding ended, our supporters around the world stepped in to provide emergency assistance. Now, we are making an even bigger commitment, as we embark on an ambitious project to secure the long-term sustainability and independence of the sanctuary. 

I am appealing to you as one of our most dedicated supporters to help support WSPA’s work for orangutans and other animals in need around the world.  We know that we have a lot of work ahead of us, but with your support we can make a difference.

Thank you for all you have done, and all you can do now!

Yours sincerely,

Dave Eastham
WSPA Head of Wildlife

© Photos credited to Sam Gracey and Steve Leonard for Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

All gifts to WSPA represent a contribution to WSPA’s entire mission. Donations will be used where they are most needed to help animals. 

WSPA USA, Lincoln Plaza, 89 South Street, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02111, 1-800-883-9772

August 16, 2008 Posted by | Animal Protection | , , , , | Leave a comment