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19 Nov 2007 description

As humanitarian agencies battle to help those affected by the devastation of cyclone Sidr the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) will assess its impact on the animals vital to their survival and recovery.

Early reports revealed that many people refused to leave their animals and take shelter during the storm such is their dependence on them for food and for their livelihoods.

"Animals are a life-source for the majority of those living in rural communities in Bangladesh," said James Sawyer, WSPA's Disaster Relief Operations Manager.

09 Oct 2007 description

(London- October 09 2007) A unique collaboration between a small British charity and the UNHCR in Chadwill create the first ever strategic plan for dealing with livestock in an emergency situation.

The British veterinary charity, SPANA, has just returned from a field trip to Eastern Chad. Earlier this year the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in Chadasked SPANA to draw up a strategic plan to sustain and support livestock in the region, as competition for natural resources between the various human populations was resulting in livestock management problems.

16 Feb 2006 description

London - Thursday 16 February - A UK veterinary charity today gave details of the drought affecting desert nomads living on the borders of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya which is now escalating into a full-scale emergency. SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad), which returned from the Mandera district of North-East Kenya yesterday, revealed that 70% of cattle, 60% of camels and 90% of donkeys have already died of starvation. With no rains likely until mid-April, the charity is launching a relief effort before the livestock is totally wiped out.