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Nina Devries, Media Manager
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Beth Sharpe, Communications Director
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- May 12, World Animal Protection Calls on G20 Leaders to Help Prevent Another Pandemic
- April 21, World Animal Protection Says COVID-19 Shines Light on a Broken Food System and Animal Welfare
- April 17, World Animal Protection Launches Emergency Appeal for Elephants in Thailand Facing Starvation Due to COVID-19
- April 7, World Animal Protection Calls on WHO to Ban Wildlife Markets to Save Human Lives
- April 2, Cruel Bear Bile Industry Thrives Despite Pandemic Risks Says World Animal Protection
- March 23, World Animal Protection Calls for International Ban on Wildlife Trade Due to COVID-19
- March 10, Canada Flunks on Animal Welfare Says Global Report from World Animal Protection
- January 15, Global charity, World Animal Protection, says fast food chains are failing when it comes to chicken welfare
- January 10, International Australian Bushfire Recovery Appeal launched for animals
- December 9, Bring Comfort and Joy To Animals This Holiday Season
- November 25, New Report From World Animal Protection Says Improving Animal Welfare on Farms Is Key to Fighting Superbugs
- October 24, New report from World Animal Protection exposes scale of suffering behind dolphin tourism experiences
- October 4, Risky Business in Your Neighbourhood, According to New Report from World Animal Protection
- October 2, World Farm Animals Day Highlights Need for Better Animal Welfare Standards
- July 29, Canadian zoos among venues offering cruel, outdated activities says new global report
- July 22, New hope for chickens living in horrible factory farm conditions
- June 7, World Oceans Day is a Reason to Celebrate and Reflect
- June 5, Walmart Canada Should Publicly Confirm Higher Welfare Plans for Mother Pigs
- May 29, Otter smuggling fuelled by craze for cute animals
- Mar 21, Many seafood companies in murky waters when it comes to tackling lost fishing gear
- Mar 8, Captive marine mammals traded and exploited for tourist entertainment
- Feb 27, Animal welfare is seemingly not a priority for some global food companies indicates international report
- Jan 21, Fast Food Chains Lack Commitment on Chicken Welfare
- Dec 19, Global charity discovers superbugs in pork products
- Dec 18, Lizards and turtles and birds? Oh My… Animal Charity Urges People Not To Give Exotic Pets As Gifts During Holiday Season.
- Nov 30, Giving Back to Animals This Holiday Season
- Nov 22, Award Winning Charity Reveals Travel Associations Could Do More to Protect Wildlife
- Sep 29, Undercover investigation: Shocking new evidence finds wild jaguars cruelly poached to fuel traditional Asian medicine trade
- Sep 27, Next generation of travellers are opting out of harmful animal activities
- Sep 20, Canada signs on to global initiative to protect marine wildlife
- Jun 5, Saving marine animals with new mobile game partnership
- May 29, Thai elephant camp is pioneering elephant-friendly tourism in Thailand
- Apr 17, Walmart Canada has the chance to win customers through transparency
- Mar 28, The Travel Corporation partners with World Animal Protection to help protect animals in tourism
- Mar 08, High Liner and 14 other seafood giants ranked in new report
- Published April 2, 2020: Cruel Cures: The industry behind bear bile production and how to end it
- Published March 23, 2020: Suffering in silence: Uncovering the cruelty of the global trade in Ball pythons
- Published March 10, 2020: The Animal Protection Index (API), 2nd edition
View our library of reports and publications on animal protection issues, from farming to marine mammals in captivity.
Our Canada office has a team of experienced individuals with knowledge on a wide range of subjects. To find out more or schedule an interview, please contact our media team.
Melissa Matlow, Campaign Director
Melissa has been leading successful animal welfare and environmental campaigns for nearly 20 years. After leading Earthroots’ campaigns to protect wilderness and wildlife in Ontario, she joined World Animal Protection in 2005 to protect the welfare of animals — wild and domestic — in Canada and around the world. As the Campaign Director she oversees the organization’s campaigns in Canada. Melissa has authored numerous reports and regularly advises government and companies on animal welfare policy. She also works closely with Canadian and global travel brands to phase-out harmful wildlife tourism activities. Melissa obtained a Bachelors in Environmental Science from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.
Lynn Kavanagh, Campaign Manager
Lynn has worked in the animal advocacy field for many years, mostly focused on farm animal welfare. She is currently the Campaign Manager for the Raise Pigs Right and Change for Chickens campaigns in Canada. She received an MSc degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
Cassandra Koenen, Global Head of Wildlife Campaigns
Cassandra has worked for over twenty years on global wildlife issues at IFAW and World Animal Protection creating cutting-edge campaigns. She now heads up our global work on the legal and illegal trade of wildlife as pets. That campaign recently launched the reports Wild at Heart, an investigation into the illegal poaching of African grey parrots, Trending: Otters as exotic pets in Southeast Asia, which exposes the emerging trade of Asian otters as pets and Suffering in Silence, uncovering the global trade in Ball pythons.