2018: A year in review

December 27 2018

A look back at an amazing 2018 from our Executive Director, Alesia Soltanpanah.

As I reflect on our success in 2018, I am so grateful to all of our supporters who enabled us to help millions of animals around the world. We share these successes for animals with every single one of you.

With your help we rescued six wild African cats being held by an individual in upstate New York and continue to revel in their recovery at their new sanctuary homes.

After many of you signed our petition calling on Kroger to protect pigs, the supermarket giant committed to only source pork from suppliers and farms that don’t use gestation crates by 2025 -- a commitment that will transform the lives of thousands of pigs in years to come.

Together we helped pass Proposition 12 in California. This new legislation, regarded as the strongest measure to prevent farm animal confinement, will ultimately help 40 million egg laying hens, 12 million pigs, and 65,000 veal calves.


A pig enjoying the simple enrichment of chewing on a rope at a high-welfare farm.

Through our investigative reports we uncover animal cruelty around the world and work towards our goal of a world without animal suffering. In 2018, we released a report exposing cruel conditions at all Bali wildlife tourist attractions and continue to educate tourists to avoid these inhumane venues. We also released reports exposing the cruel poaching and trade of jaguars in Suriname and pangolins for use in unproven traditional medicine.

Through our Sea Change we discarded the largest mass of abandoned fishing gear ever recorded in Maine (two tons) while in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, we removed 71 tons, which will in turn save hundreds of thousands of marine animals over time.

We have rescued bears from dancing and bear bile farms and helped build up our partner bear sanctuary in Pakistan. We vaccinated 83,000 dogs against rabies and helped 454,774 animals in 12 disasters. Through our ongoing efforts to help governments and communities prepare for future disasters, over 52 million animals have been positively impacted.


Two bears playing at the Balkasar sanctuary in Pakistan

Together with your support, we have improved the lives of millions of animals around the world this past year.

Please watch our year in review video with pride knowing you have helped protect millions of animals this year.
 

We will continue to work around the world to protect animals in 2019, and I appreciate you continuing to join us in our journey.

Thank you for your support in 2018. If you would like to make one last tax-deductible donation before the end of the year, you can do so here.

With Gratitude,

Executive Director
World Animal Protection US

Together with your support, we have improved the lives of millions of animals around the world this past year. We will continue to work wherever we can in the world to protect animals in 2019, and I appreciate you continuing to join us in our journey.