About Us

For over 70 years, World Animal Protection has been at the forefront of safeguarding animals.

Formerly known as the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) for three decades, we underwent a name change in 2014 to align our brand with our evolving mission. The adoption of the name "World Animal Protection" succinctly reflects our identity and unwavering commitment to our cause.

Key dates:

  • 1950 The World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA) is formed
  • 1959 The International Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPA) is formed
  • 1981 WFPA and ISPA merge to become WSPA – the World Society for the Protection of Animals
  • 2014 We become World Animal Protection

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Reports and Publications

Reports and Publications

Our publications are written to support you in making sustainable and animal welfare sound decisions. We specialise in two core areas: animals in factory farming and commercial use of wildlife.

Why World Animal Protection?

Always animals first

Everything we do at World Animal Protection starts and ends with the animal. We make every animal’s story the core focus in our campaigns, decisions and ambitions for change in the world.

Whether we’re ensuring farmed animals can be spared cruel confinement systems or ensuring wild animals can lively freely in the wild, we make their perspective understood by more people around the world. 

We make animals the main benefactors of our hard work and it pays off for us all.

Free range pig farm Fazenda Água Limpa Brasília University
Raphael Omondi - Mobilization lead enageging young people at the leadership summitt

Change powered by people

People power is at the heart of what we do and is vital to our success.

By mobilising our active global network we have convinced major brands such as Expedia, Trip Advisor, Booking.com and Virgin Holidays to stop selling cruel wildlife experiences. We moved Instagram to educate its users on the suffering behind wildlife selfies and galvanised over one million people to demand an end to the global wildlife trade.

To protect farmed animals we have moved major brands like Nestlé, Starbucks, KFC and Brazil Foods to improve the lives of the animals on which their businesses depend.

By empowering people to champion animal protection, we will create a groundswell of people who will not stop until we all succeed in ending animal cruelty.

Global ambition

Our ambition is to radically change the way the world works, and how wild and farmed animals are treated. We have no time to lose. 

Our food system is broken. Factory farming is the biggest cause of animal cruelty in the world. We are working to create a humane and sustainable food system and end factory farming. Forever.

Across the world, wild animals are treated as commodities and ruthlessly exploited on an industrial scale. We are working to transform the systems that fuel this never–ending exploitation and commodification, so that all wild animals have the right to a wild life.

Caged tiger
Ben Williamson at Whale Heritage Site, Dana Point California

Respected influencers and partners

The scale of the challenge is immense. We are using our successful heritage of partnering with others and building coalitions, to create lasting, systemic change. Only by working together can we turn this tide.

International organisations, corporates and governments respect the work we do to transform the lives of animals.  We are the only animal welfare NGO to be awarded the UN’s general consultative status, cementing our standing as the leading authority on animal welfare.

Our views are rooted in our extensive research and our opinions are published in reports that are covered in the global mainstream and influential media.

We carry out ground breaking investigations, which drive real change.