WSPA is appealing to all Australians to join the growing campaign urging governments to put farm animal welfare on the agenda at the 2012 Earth Summit. Evidence shows that good animal welfare also benefits people and the planet.
Billions of animals suffer on a daily basis in industrial farms. Pigs, chickens and cows are confined, unable to move freely, breathe fresh air or feel the sunlight. Not only is this one of the worst animal abuses in the world, it has significant knock on effects for people and the earth too.
People from every corner of the globe are asking that animal welfare be added to the agenda of June’s Earth Summit 2012 – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. WSPA will be submitting the full petition to the UN Secretariat in the coming weeks.
How you can help
By influencing the decisions made by delegates at the Rio Earth Summit, Australians can help to save billions of animals from intense, life-long cruelty.
Dr Lesley Lambert, Chief Policy Advisor at WSPA, explained: “Feeding the planet is one of the most profound issues we face today, as individuals and as a global community. To do so, we must act now to make the future of farming more sustainable on all levels.
“We know there is a link between the welfare of animals and people. The global community is joining us to say that we do not have to choose the welfare of one over the well-being of the other.
“It’s a priority of WSPA that the wellbeing of animals is acknowledged as crucial to the future of people and our planet.”
What does WSPA want to achieve at the United Nations?
WSPA has presented five recommendations to the United Nations and key stakeholders. We ask that they support and develop humane and sustainable agriculture systems; manage demand for animal products; and phase out support for unsustainable and inhumane farming systems.