One of Global Guardian Projects missions is to inspire children and families to help protect the earth's animals. So, we're clearly delighted to introduce you to our newest partner, World Animal Protection. We've teamed up with WAP to help spread awareness on how you can protect animals, even from your own home. Read on to get to know our newest friends, and see what you can learn from their longstanding, dedicated hard work.
Tell us about World Animal Protection. What is your number one mission?
World Animal Protection is an animal welfare organization that works to end animal cruelty and suffering worldwide. We have four main categories of work which include animals in communities, animals in farming, animals in the wild, and animals that are affected by natural disasters.
Our mission is to inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better.
How does World Animal Protection help animals around the world?
We help the world see how important animals are to all of us and influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda. Our organization has 14 country offices worldwide and are active in over 50 countries! We also partner with sanctuaries in Pakistan, Romania, Thailand, Costa Rica, and in France to ensure that rescued animals continue to thrive for the remainder of their lives.
On a local level, we mobilize individuals to take action and advocate for behavior change in the ways that we see and treat all animals.
Global Guardian Projects teaches children that humans and animals are interconnected and interdependent. How do you see humans depend on animals?
This is very apparent in all of our campaigns.
Farming: Most obviously, humans rely on animals as a source of protein. On average, a US adult consumes 270 lbs of meat annually, which means a lot of animals being sacrificed.
Wildlife: A lot of our campaign work is to stop humans from abusing wild animals for the sake of entertainment, such as elephant riding, wildlife selfies, and bear dancing as well as for human benefit, like producing traditional medicine and owning an exotic pet.
Communities: One of our main Community campaigns is Better Lives for Dogs where we vaccinate and spay/neuter stray dogs that live in developing countries. These dogs are often a threat to the local population and without our help, the government doesn’t necessarily have the resources or expertise to humanely control the dog population and prevent the spread of disease. With our help, these stray dogs and humans can cohabitate in peace.
Disaster: With over 50 years of Disaster relief experience, our team has seen countless instances of humans not being able to successfully care and rehabilitate their animals after a disaster strikes. These humans often rely on their animals not only as companions but as working help and need them to survive.
How can kids take action to help protect animals in their own community?
Kids can help protect animals in their own community by…
Having empathy towards all animals, not just dogs and cats
Eating less meat
Choosing to not own an exotic animal as a pet
Asking to only visit high-welfare venues while on family vacations
Committing to our Wildlife Selfie Code
How can families help support your organization?
Teach children about the realities of animal welfare, especially through our Farming and Wildlife campaigns. If children are exposed to these truths from early on, hopefully they can make informed decisions about food choices, travel destinations, brands to buy and more while they develop and become become adults.
Share this knowledge with friends and other family members so your entire network is educated and well-informed
Reduce meat consumption as a family to help animals, human health and the environment (i.e. try Meatless Mondays)
Organize community fundraising initiatives, like bake sales or car washes, where everyone bands together to donate the proceeds to support our work in helping animals
Learn more about World Animal Protection and how you can help animals around the world!