Ukraine: An Insight Into Animal Welfare Issues Being Undertaken.


We are getting more visitors to the site from the Ukraine – so we welcome them all.

The following are a few links specifically aimed at animal welfare issues in the Ukraine.  Please browse the links and take a positive look at all the work being undertaken to help animals and their welfare.

We are sure our visitor friends will be familiar with most of these; but they may also help them and other visitors to the site to find out more about the work being done in the Ukraine.


We will give links to sites and a very short copy of some of the words being used by the site(s).

If this kind of thing proves popular with visitors, we may cover animal welfare issues in other nations in a similar vain.

Our ‘Clustrmap’ (global visitor map on the left side) can be used by us to select which nations to cover.  SAV. 


For the past 20 years, Naturewatch Foundation has been actively developing projects in Ukraine, working with municipalities to implement humane and sustainable stray dog population management schemes, following the recommendations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE).
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For the first time in Ukrainian history, the situation with animals in Ukraine was marked by not only negative news but there were also positive changes.

The most remarkable advancement was noticed in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, where the City Authorities shifted their policies towards humane ways of reduction stray animal population. Here the municipal services not only neuter and actively rehome stray dogs but also provide them vaccination and treatment. More than 3000 stray animals were neutered this year with the help of Kiev administration and European animal welfare organizations. Kiev Center for the Protection of Animals started implementing the regulations proposed by Naturewatch and thus using the European model of caring for animals.

Evpatoria / Vienna, 5 April 2013 FOUR PAWS continues its successful animal welfare initiative in Ukraine: Following the agreement between FOUR PAWS and the City Hall of Evpatoria, a new stray animal care project was launched in the Ukrainian town on 26 March 2013, bringing hope and salvation to many thousands of stray animals.—ukraine.html

For the last 15 years, Naturewatch Foundation has been actively developing projects throughout Eastern Europe, working with municipalities and state veterinary services to implement humane and sustainable stray dog population management schemes, following the recommendations of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OiE).

“Friend” is a non-profitable charity organization and rehabilitation center for the homeless animals in Dnepropetrovsk City – Ukraine. We cannot help all street animals but we hope that with the help of sterilization program, volunteers and support locally and internationally the situation in the city and in Ukraine slowly will get better…


In recent years there have been several cases involving Member State export credit agencies providing export credit guarantees for exports to Ukraine of farm animal housing equipment that does not meet EU standards. Under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Ukraine has to approximate its animal welfare legislation to that of the EU. Animal products from Ukraine, e.g. poultry meat and egg products, are beginning to enter the EU market.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has pledged to help a shelter called Pif in the devastated city of Donetsk. They are a large-scale shelter taking in dogs from many areas impacted by the war. Most recently, they took in 19 dogs from Kramatorsk as citizens fled.

The only animal rescue shelter in war-torn Gorlovka, Ukraine had been struggling to maintain operations and basic safety in the face of shelling that destroyed a wall and injured a dog, violent encounters with soldiers, and a devastating fire that damaged the facility and led to a dog’s death.

Thanks to the purchase of land and a building made possible by funds provided by an IFAW donor, we have found an alternative location for the nearly 300 resident dogs. Recently, they were transported two-by-two for safety reasons from the old location to the new one. There are still a lot of repairs and some construction work to be done, but for the time being the dogs are in a much safer environment than before.

The Animal Protection UA is a humane society founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law.


To provide aid for some of the hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals given to shelters in the Ukraine every year through donations, petitions, and store purchases.

Analysis of differences in farm animal welfare legislation between Ukraine and European Union

Law No. 2120-VIII on strengthening liability for cruelty toward animals has entered into force in Ukraine August 4, after being published in the official newspaper of the Verkhovna Rada, “Holos Ukrainy.”

Free and happy for the first time in his life: Bear raised from a cub to be used for dog baiting is released after 16 years in a Ukrainian cage

Civility of a country is determined by its attitude towards children, elderly people and animals. One cannot but agree with this statement. Unfortunately, when it comes to animals, Ukraine is far from being an example to follow. Thus, nowadays there is an urgent need to improve legislation on the proper pet care, identification and registration of animals.

Kyiv Society for the Protection of Animals

Kyiv Society for the Protection of Animals (KSPA, or KCSPA) – is a nonprofit, non-government organization that specializes in the protection of animals, mainly targeting the city of Kyiv. Maksym Ryl’skiy, a distinguished poet, took part in its founding in 1960. The activity of the Society is regulated by the Statute and directed by the President. The Society advocates humanism towards all living creatures and takes a firm, uncompromising stand against the problem of homeless animals. We do not accept half measures of the authorized State institutions and their individual officials; we insist on an exhaustive and final solution to the problem of stray animals through modern and humane means. The Society is not supported by any government subsidies*); it is financed solely by membership fees and voluntary donations of citizens.

KSPA is a member of the Ukrainian Association for Protection of Animals (AZOU)

FOUR PAWS plans to neuter, vaccinate 2,000 stray dogs in Ukraine


FOUR PAWS extends its cooperation in animal welfare with the Ukrainian government

Kiev/Zhytomyr, 1 February 2017 – FOUR PAWS and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine agreed to implement a program for the protection and welfare of stray animals. The respective agreement was signed by both parties on Tuesday, January 31 in Kiev.






UK supermarkets report surge in sales of vegan food.


UK supermarkets report surge in sales of vegan food 

Half of UK adults adopting ‘vegan-buying behaviour’ as number of full-time vegans grows four-fold in 10 years

Britain’s supermarkets are reporting a surge in sales of vegan food, which they expect to continue throughout the year, despite the end of Veganuary.


According to the Vegan Society, more than half of UK adults are now adopting “vegan buying behaviour”, while the number of full-time vegans in the UK has grown fourfold in the past 10 years.

Waitrose reported strong sales in January, singling out the popularity of meat-free haggis for traditional Burns Night. Sales of vegan-friendly haggis jumped 36%, while a gluten-free variety enjoyed a 151% uplift compared with last year.

Buyer Chloe Graves said: “Shoppers had a big appetite for Veganuary, with sales of some of our vegan ready-meals twice that of vegetarian dishes.

“We will be expanding our range of vegan products this year. We recently introduced a vegan course at our Kings Cross cookery school, which sold out.”

The UK’s largest retailer, Tesco, hired the American chef and self-proclaimed “plant pusher” Derek Sarno – the former executive chef for Whole Foods Market – as its “director of plant-based innovation” to spearhead its new Wicked Kitchen range (launched earlier this month) which includes 20 vegan-friendly ready meals, wraps, sandwiches and salads.

“We’ve only just begun and over this next year, we’ll be developing foods and expanding the menu offering” Sarno said. “We’ll be keeping seasonal ingredients in mind and listening to customers’ wants and need.”

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Whole Foods Market, which claims to be the UK’s largest retailer of vegan food, says that after its exclusive launch in September last year, the new Vegan Baileys Irish Cream (called Baileys Almande and made with almond milk) sold out in UK stores in less than two months.

Similarly, Marks & Spencer’s version – a dairy-free Coconut and Chocolate Cream, was one of its most popular Christmas drinks ever. Launched last November, it sold out in less than four weeks and will return to the shelves this September.

The Co-op – acknowledged for its clear labelling of vegan-friendly wines – said that despite dry January, sales of vegan wines outperformed the overall category with growth of more than 3% year on year.

Online shoppers flocked to Ocado, according to buying manager Jacques Thudichum, who said: “The vegan trend really made its mark in January. This is in part due to the fact that we added more than 90 new products to our dedicated vegan webshop in January, including dairy-free egg replacer and nutritional yeast.”

Restaurant menus are also getting a vegan makeover. One of London’s longest-established Michelin-starred restaurants, Pied à Terre, has had a strong vegetarian offering for more than 20 years but recently launched a seven-course vegan tasting menu which it says is as popular with carnivorous customers as vegetarians and strict vegans. Founder David Moore said: “I firmly believe that plant-based eating is not a trend, it’s a real thing and we are only seeing the very thin edge of what will be a game-changing wedge.”

The Aubaine chain is bolstering its vegan offering after serving a Veganuary menu for the first time this year, and where Instagram-friendly colourful dishes such as beetroot and apple tartare sparked huge interest on social media. Spokeswoman Lucy Hancock said: “We received such positive feedback in our restaurants and online that we are extending the vegan set menu until the end of February. Following this, our plant-based dishes will be on our new spring a la carte menu, and will then be a permanent feature.”

The Pizza Express and Pizza Hut chains both offer pizzas using vegan-friendly cheese, but Goodfella’s is boasting of the UK’s first frozen vegan pizza. Its stonebaked pizza with falafel, red peppers and spinach will be stocked in supermarket freezers from March.