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About the World League for Protection of Animals


WLPA is committed to promoting the well being and rights of all animals throughout the world, both native and non-native.


WLPA receives no government subsidies and is staffed primarily by volunteers.


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The Origin of the World League for Protection of Animals


The League was founded by Miss Kate Deighton and Rudolf Bergner in Germany in 1898 and formally organised in Paris in 1900.


The English branch of the League was established in 1900 by Miss A L Woodward; she continued to direct its activities until her death in 1921.


There was a second Congress in Frankfurt and a third in Helsinborg. The Fourth Triennial International Congress of the World League Against Vivisection and for the Protection of Animals, as it was then known, was held at Caxton Hall, Westminster, London,                from 19 to 24 July, 1909. 

The 1909 Congress was attended by many distinguished members and delegates from Europe, America, Canada and over 20 other countries.

As well as the President, there were 12 Vice Presidents of the League and almost 90 Vice Presidents of the Congress.


At the time the League had great support in the British Parliament, with no less than          44 members of Parliament, including four future Prime Ministers, attending the Congress.


If World War I had not intervened we would have a much more humane 'Cruelty to Animals Act', as plans were well in hand to alter and improve most of it.


On 4 October 1928 the League inaugurated World Day for Animals, which is still universally held on the first Sunday in October.


The Australian branch of the League was formed in 1935 by Miss E B Moore and was originally titled 'The World Day for Animals League' It was allied to the English branch of The World League for Protection of Animals.


Later the name of the Australian branch was changed to conform with that of the English parent society. The League was registered under the Charitable Collections Act, NSW 1934 on 14 May l937.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” - Gandhi 1869-1948


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