The future of animal welfare lies in the world’s governments recognising that animals matter. WSPA is seeking this recognition in the form of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
This campaign stems from the belief that our close interaction with animals means we have a responsibility to protect their welfare.
A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare will encourage governments to make and enforce laws that benefit animals – laws that can also help people and protect the environment.
A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) would be an agreement among people and nations that:
To command the attention of all national governments, a UDAW must be endorsed by the United Nations (UN). This campaign seeks support from individuals and governments to make this happen.
The UN has adopted other universal declarations, such as that on the rights of the child, with huge impact.
A UDAW would inspire change at international, regional and national levels by:
Livelihoods: About 1 billion of the world’s poorest people rely on animals for their income. The welfare of these animals is essential to supporting human livelihoods – animal health improves productivity and creates stability, leading to sustainable development and protecting livelihoods.
Environmental protection: Responsible animal management has positive impacts on land use, climate change, pollution, water supplies, habitat conservation and biodiversity.
Health: Good animal care reduces the risk of food poisoning and of diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans. Healthy animals also secure food supplies, helping protect people from malnutrition and hunger.
Companionship: All around the world, millions of people look to animals for companionship; the human-animal bond has proven therapeutic benefits.
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