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.
A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare would be an agreement among people and nations that:
The adoption of a UDAW by the United Nations would:
A declaration would also enhance the lives of over 1 billion people who rely on animals for their livelihoods, and the countless others look to animals for companionship.
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
For detailed arguments and case study examples of why and how animal welfare matters, download the UDAW lobby brochure (PDF 1MB) >>
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.