WSPA staff are at the Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) conference this weekend to promote our work and to network with our partner organizations in Washington, D.C. Now in its sixth year, TAFA strives to bring together both seasoned activists and individuals new to the world of animal protection. The event offers the latest ideas and tactics to take real action for animals, and provides opportunities to connect with other animal advocates who share the vision of a better world for us all, animals and people alike.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Making a Difference in your Community” and WSPA’s U.S. Programs Manager Sharanya Krishna Prasad was a speaker during the workshop “From Captivity to Sanctuary” on Saturday afternoon. Sharanya presented case studies of the work of WSPA and our member societies in rescuing animals from captivity, rehabilitating them, and releasing the animals into sanctuaries around the world. Other panelists included Patty Finch, Executive Director of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) who highlighted the importance of sanctuaries to animals and people, and Dr. Naomi Rose, Senior Scientist with Humane Society International (HSI) who spoke about the plight of marine mammals in captivity. The workshop had over 100 participants and the presentations were well received with a lively Q&A session at the end.
For those of you who joined us at TAFA, we hope you had a chance to attend the workshop, visit WSPA's exhibit table, pick up some of our educational materials, and speak with our staff. If you were at the workshop, we would love to get your feedback and thoughts on the presentations.
Learn more about WSPA’s work around the world and visit WSPA’s Compassionate Travel website to learn how you can help stop animal abuse in the U.S. and around the world.