May 1, 2012
The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has handed nearly 110,000 signatures from around the globe to the Executive Coordinators of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The petition demands that farm animal welfare is put on the agenda at the Rio+20 conference in June.
Every day, billions of animals suffer on industrial farms. Pigs, chickens and cows are unable to move freely, breathe fresh air or even feel the sunlight. Not only is this one of the worst animal abuses in the world, it also has negative effects on the environment, poverty and human health. This campaign has led people from every corner of the globe –including Australia - to ask world leaders to include animal welfare as part of the discussions at Rio+20.
“We are thrilled that tens of thousands of people around the world have acknowledged that the well-being of animals is crucial to the future of people and our planet,” said Luis Carlos Sarmiento, Country Director of WSPA-South America. “Now, more than ever, it is evident that better animal welfare belongs on the conference agenda.”