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About Us

World Animal Net (WAN) was established in 1997 to improve communication and coordination among the world's animal protection groups. Today World Animal Net is the world's largest network of animal protection societies with over 3,000 affiliates in more than 100 countries and special consultative status at the United Nations. WAN works from offices in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, the United States and South Africa. WAN's work is primarily conducted by experts and consultants from around the world who donate their time and expertise.


WAN’s mission is to improve the status and welfare of animals worldwide by offering information, expertise and new opportunities to connect, collaborate, and campaign for change. Our aim is to focus the animal protection movement and strengthen the impact of key animal campaigns and legislative efforts through the following ways of action:

  • Research, analyze and strategize
  • Share information and expertise, including best practice
  • Stimulate cooperation, collaboration and coalition building
  • Avoid duplication and competition

Assisting the Animal Protection Movement

The WAN network gives animal groups worldwide the opportunity to work in a genuine spirit of collaboration, pooling knowledge, expertise, professionalism, and campaign and lobbying resources - particularly on target issues. The WAN Directory, with contact details of over 17.000 animal protection organizations is the most complete database of animal protection organizations in the world.

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