THE world is united in shock and sadness at the human tragedy following the tsunami disaster.

It is all too easy to forget the animal victims; be they valued family companion animals, farm and working animals that communities often depend on for their livelihood, or wildlife.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is co-ordinating welfare organisations in an international relief effort to help the animal victims.

The crisis has left many dogs, cats, and farm animals diseased and without food and water. With our member societies, WSPA has sent initial aid to provide food and veterinary supplies.

Our trained disaster relief experts have been sent to Sri Lanka, and our experienced veterinarians are in other affected areas.

Helping animals has a real impact on the long-term process of people rebuilding their shattered lives, particularly in farming communities. I would like to invite readers to visit our website, www. wspa-international. org, where the latest information and opportunities to help our urgent relief work can be found. Call 0207 587 5000.

Major General Peter Davies, Director general, WSPA, London SE1 7TP