World Animal Awareness Society – News

World Animal Awareness – it’s not just about animals. It’s about people too. These are some of the stories highlighted on Facebook this week by World Animal Awareness Society – WA2S.Org, a dedicated non profit focused on filming human animal intersections worldwide.


The Brook Etheopia

The human/animal connection is readily apparent on a most basic level in a video called Women Want Change. This video comes from The Brook, an international charity relieving the suffering of horses & donkeys working for some of the world’s poorest communities. (Visit The Brook on Facebook.)

Women can play a powerful role in bringing about change and, through its training, The Brooke is equipping women in many rural communities with the skills, confidence, and knowledge to make improvements for the future wellbeing of their animals and their families. – The Brooke President, HRH the Duchess of Cornwall

Watch the shift toward better animal husbandry as illiterate women are educated about proper working animal nutrition, wound care and problems with overloading. They speak of a time when they didn’t know more than to use traditional –  yet lacking – healing methods as compared with now healthy animals who benefit the survival of their families.


Snapping Turtle - ALDFAnd in the good old, literate US of A, horrors exist for entertainment’s sake.

Indiana’s Snapperfest is an event in which contestants demonstrate their prowess by pulling the heads of live turtles far outside of their shells. Undercover footage from August 2011 Snapperfest provided by the World Animal Awareness Society – WA2S.Org  reveals numerous acts of cruelty. As I watched seemingly fun-loving Americans enjoying what was clearly a violation no less offensive than rape by any law of nature I subscribe to, I was nearly sick.

According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund:

The DNR has condoned these actions by stating that Snapperfest participants are exempt from anti-cruelty law under an exception for activities including hunting and trapping, because, so they say, the turtles were trapped prior to their mistreatment at Snapperfest.

On January 19th, the national non-profits Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and Best Friends Animal Society submitted a petition for rulemaking to the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, arguing that the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) misinterpretation of state law has allowed for illegal cruelty at Ohio County’s annual “Snapperfest.”

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There is much work to be done everywhere we turn, even in our own back yards. To learn about programs around the US and the world, please visit World Animal Awareness Society – WA2S.Org or the WA2S Facebook page.


  1. Thanks for spreading the word. I don’t know if watching the turtle video is a good idea right now. The thought alone is enough to make me wince. How does anyone think this is a good idea? How is it even legal?

    I have a lot of hope things will change if we keep talking about them and educating people. The lives of animals, and humans, have improved drastically in the last century. If we keep working hard, hopefully today’s problems will be resolved as well.

    • I think the video from The Brook is a perfect example of education changing the world, Kristine. I’m with you and share that hope. As for Snapperfest, the ALDF says it’s absolutely not legal, according to Indiana’s own laws. Indiana has simply misinterpreted that law in order to allow for this event. Sickening. I don’t blame you for not watching. It’s horrifying for the turtle and horrifying in what it says about humanity.

  2. Thank-you for letting me know about these important welfare groups that I have never heard of! I’m off to browse their sites, and I look forward to being updated on Facebook as I’ve just ‘liked’ their page.

    • I only recently found the World Animal Awareness Society and, through them, The Brook (I was already a fan of ALDF). I am so impressed with the quality of updates on their Facebook pages, with intriguing questions and interesting shares. I’m sure I’ll run into you there at some point as I’m eager to keep up with their developments!

  3. Thanks for sharing these important messages. And I love the look of your site. I’m sharing.

  4. Thanks for posting this – this “contest” is a horrifying display of animal cruelty.

  5. Dear Kim,

    Thank you so much for sharing this information with your audience. We believe we are on to something here at the, and are grateful to you for sharing us with them.

    Cheers to you!

    Tom McPhee
    Executive Director
    World Animal Awareness Society

    • Cheers to you too, Tom.

      Finding you was a happy accident and I’m now a loyal fan. From your program documenting the stray dog problem in Detroit to your weekly news report from around the world, there is so much good to follow… and I will continue to do so. What I find most compelling is your look at where humans and animal intersect, which is exactly what this blog focuses on too. I think we are going to become good friends.

      By the way, I wonder if that’s you who is asking the insightful questions on your Facebook page. Smart, pointed, analytic, a nice change of pace for that social network.

  6. I feel sick after just reading about Snapperfest. I definitely am sure I can’t stomach the video. How is something like that allowed to happen?

    I don’t know how I’m going to get this queasy feeling to go away. 🙁

    • I’m sorry, AJ. I was sickened too.

      I cannot fathom how, in Ethiopia, people are striving to handle precious life, in all its shapes and forms, with a greater respect while possessing so few tools. Yet, in America, educated factions of society have such a disregard for life that they manhandle animals in unspeakable ways for “fun.” Beyond the physical atrocity of Snapperfest, the societal contrast within the global picture is downright jarring.

      • You make a good point. Such ignorance and callousness on display. I will never understand why people think torturing animals is fun, and how they don’t even see the problem with this sort of thing. Ugh.

  7. I’m constantly amazed by the good and the bad we humans are capable of. I hope with the help of organizations like these we can get rid of these disgusting acts of violence that some consider entertainment.

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