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:
encouraging governments to improve their national animal welfare legislation
providing a basis for animal welfare legislation in countries where it does not currently exist
encouraging those industries which use animals to keep welfare at the forefront of their policies
mobilising and uniting the animal welfare movement behind a common goal
providing a useful framework to link humanitarian development and animal welfare agendas
inspiring positive change in public attitudes towards animal welfare.
How can protecting animals also help people?
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.
Tell the international community that you support this campaign.
Join WSPA, over 330 animal welfare groups, over 2 million compassionate individuals, and many supportive governments – including Cambodia, Fiji, New Zealand, Palau, the Seychelles, Switzerland and the 27 European Union member states – in calling for the development of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.