Mike Baker
Former Chief Executive, World Animal Protection

Entries by Mike Baker

The 'Ghosts' That Damage Our Oceans

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2015 | (00:00)

Our beautiful seas and oceans cover about 70% of our planet's surface, with far more species living in the oceans than on land. The marine environment provides livelihoods and food for hundreds of millions of people, so it is important that we protect it.

Yet, right now, millions of...

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Why Two Russian Bears Are Symbolic of the Suffering That Millions of Wild Animals Face on a Daily Basis, Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2015 | (17:08)

World Animal Protection has responded to the desperate plea to save two 20-year old bears from years of confinement in a barren cage in the 'Olympic capital'. There has been outrage from people across the globe who see the suffering of these two innocent bears as abhorrent and...

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The Hidden Cost of Wildlife Crime: Four Out of Five Animals Die in Transit

(0) Comments | Posted 8 December 2014 | (16:34)

With an estimated worth of between 10 and 20 billion dollars each year, the "zero tolerance approach to wildlife trafficking" announced by HRH Prince William in Washington this week is so very welcome.

Many view wildlife crime as a conservation issue, but it is clearly a welfare issue too....

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The Show Can't Go On - The Truth Behind Animals in Entertainment

(3) Comments | Posted 3 October 2014 | (14:10)

Some of the most popular holiday entertainments involve wild animals. Before people book them though, they should stop and think. If you saw an elephant in the wild, would you leap on its back and expect it to calmly take you for a ride? And if you...

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Disaster in Haiti - Four Years On

(1) Comments | Posted 12 January 2014 | (20:22)

The world looked on in horror as a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. More than 200,000 people were killed in the capital alone, along with countless thousands of animals, including beloved pets and vitally important livestock. Just 72 hours later, the World Society for the...

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Typhoon Haiyan Creates a Scene of Desolation for People and Animals

(0) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (16:28)

The Philippines is no stranger to deadly storms, but the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan stands apart. Described as the world's most powerful storm on record, it has already cost the lives of thousands of people and undoubtedly countless animals on which they rely.

Whilst the media are currently reporting...

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Preventing Rabies: It's a Public Health Issue for Animals and People

(1) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (11:57)

Rabies is one of the world's most tragic diseases, not only because of the dreadful effects it has on the people and animals who become infected but also because it is entirely preventable.

Its greatest burden falls on poor rural communities across Africa and Asia, where it causes one...

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The Unintended Cost of Intensive Modern Farming Might Just Be Our Health

(0) Comments | Posted 3 June 2013 | (12:14)

Serious questions are raised about the food we eat and how it is produced. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and Compassion in World Farming have recently published some rather startling reading.

The report, Zoonotic Diseases, Human Health and Farm...

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The Debate on the Grand National - Is It Cruel or Not?

(46) Comments | Posted 6 April 2013 | (00:00)

Every year, the same debate about whether the Grand National is cruel or not re-emerges.

What we do know is that there is a statistical probability that horses will die at this event. Since 2001, 20 horses have died over the Aintree Grand National fences, 11 in the Grand...

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Companies Play a Critical Role in Animal Welfare Standards

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2013 | (23:14)

Every year billions of farm animals are raised in inhumane conditions all over the world. Welfare standards vary widely from country to country. Farm animals are often reared in conditions which do not allow them to express natural behaviour; they are pushed to their physiological limits, suffer mutilations and confinement...

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Why Animal Welfare Could be the Key to Wiping Out the World's Deadliest Disease

(3) Comments | Posted 27 September 2012 | (00:00)

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 55,000 people die a terrible death from rabies every year. 40% of them are children. The suffering endured by people who get rabies is horrible - an awful way to die, and for others to see. Our natural and understandable...

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