On May 2nd and 3rd, 2023, the WFA Board convened for their second in-person meeting since the establishment of the Federation. During the meeting, the Board members engaged in discussions on the strategic direction of the animal protection movement. They explored ways in which the Federation’s membership can lead the sector as a collaborative global endeavour to achieve collective impact, within the context of wider geopolitics and the current international and environmental crises.

A highlight of the meeting was the Board’s pledge to support the implementation of WFA’s 3-year Membership Strategy. Bringing together a dedicated and supportive network of members to pursue common global objectives is a fundamental aspect of WFA’s business and operating model. The Federation’s financial sustainability, operating efficiency and efficacy, and legitimacy are reliant on its membership, making the Board’s assistance in the recruitment of new members crucial. 

The WFA Board also approved the application of two organisations to become new members of the Federation: Endangered Wildlife Conservation Organization (EWCO) and Humanimal Trust. Today, WFA comprises 52 organisations.

Reflecting on the past two years, I am filled with pride and gratitude for the progress we have made in promoting the well-being of animals and the planet. Together, we have proven that our collective efforts can make a real difference, and I am confident that, even though the journey may be long, with each step we take jointly, we will make significant strides towards a world where all beings are valued and protected.” Britta Riis, President, WFA


On the photo, from left to right:

First row – Lorène Jacquet, Fondation Brigitte Bardot; Sue Leary. President, American Anti-Vivisection Society; Reineke Hameleers, CEO, Eurogroup for Animals; Benny Andersson, CEO, Durens Rätt; Michel Vandenbosch, President, GAIA; Britta Riis, CEO, Dyrenes Beskyttelse; Sirjana Nijjar, Asia for Animals Coalition.

Second row – Wim DeKok; Jürgen Plinz, Deutscher Tierschutzbund; Roly Owers, CEO, World Horse Welfare; Josef Pfabigan, CEO, FOUR PAWS; Philip Lymbery, CEO, Compassion in World Farming; Josphat Ngonyo, Executive Director, Africa Network for Animal Welfare; Steve McIvor, CEO, World Animal Protection; David Bowles, RSPCA; James Yeates, CEO, WFA.

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