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About us

What does World Animal Protection do?

We’re World Animal Protection. We’re on a mission to end animal cruelty and suffering. Forever.

Evidence shows that animals are sentient, individual beings who feel pain, fear, and joy. Yet, every day, billions of them experience unbearable cruelty.

Putting animals first isn’t just better for them, it’s vital for us and for our shared planet. Find out what we can do, with your support, to end the cruelty and exploitation of farmed and wild animals.

Together, we can transform the lives of animals across the world.

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Helping give every farmed animal a good life

Food systems

Our global strategy will end the suffering of animals in food systems by creating a humane and sustainable system. With your help, we can transform the lives of farmed animals. Forever.

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Giving wild animals the right to a wild life


We will transform the industries that fuel the never-ending exploitation of wild animals. With your help, we will end the cruel cycle of abuse and ensure all wild animals have the right to a wild life.

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World Animal Protection has moved the world to protect animals for more than 70 years.

Known as World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) for 30 years, we changed our name in 2014 to evolve our brand along with our mission.

The name World Animal Protection demonstrates who we are and what we stand for, clearly and simply.

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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Support us

Fired up and ready to take action? Support our current campaigns to create a world where animal suffering is never acceptable.

Meet our CEO

About us

Find out more about World Animal Protection CEO, Steve McIvor, how long he's been working to protect animals, what his past experiences are, and more.


About us

Find out how World Animal Protection is governed, how our organisational policies keep us aligned globally, and read our annual financial reports.

Global reviews

About us

Read our annual global reviews and discover the steps we've taken to move the world towards ending wildlife cruelty, forever.

Animals are Calling


Carly Squires discusses issues affecting animals, people, and planet, with guests including CEO Steve McIvor. Listen now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Working with us as a supplier

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Find out how to become a supplier to World Animal Protection and discover the values we look for when making purchasing decisions with supporter donations.