The future of animal welfare lies in achieving international recognition that animals matter. WSPA is seeking this in the form of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW).
A declaration of our duty to respect animals and their welfare needs would have a long-term impact on the welfare of billions of animals and people worldwide.
Agreement on the importance of an issue affects people's attitudes, and attitudes affect actions.
What is it?
A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare would be an agreement among people and nations that:
- Animals are sentient and can suffer.
- Animals’ welfare needs must be respected.
- Animal cruelty must end for good.
The adoption of a UDAW by the United Nations would:
- Establish animal welfare as an international issue.
- Encourage governments to improve and enforce national animal welfare legislation by providing a benchmark.
- Recognise that animal welfare is a key factor in humanitarian and environmental policy making.
- Encourage industries which use animals to keep welfare at the forefront.
- Acknowledge the risks to animals caused by environmental factors such as climate change, habitat loss and pollution.
- Create a more compassionate global attitude to animal welfare, including their needs and habitats.
A UDAW would work for human health – animal welfare contributes to sustainable farming systems and the improvement of human food safety.
"Over 1 billion people in the world rely directly on their animals for survival, and Kenya is no different … People in my country know this. When there is a drought, we will often give water to our animals before we give it to ourselves."
Hon Noah Wekesa, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Kenya
What can I do?
Join WSPA, over 220 animal welfare groups, and supportive governments around the world – including Sweden, New Zealand, Fiji, Cambodia and the Seychelles – in calling for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.
You may sign the petition here.