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The Univeral Declaration of Animal Rights The Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare

 

 

The Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

The Universal Declaration of Animal Rights is a fourteen article document that prevents unfair treatment of animals. It was adopted by the International League of Animal Rights and Affiliated National Leagues in London in September 1977 during an international meeting on animal rights.  The document proclaims the following articles:


1. all animals are equal

2. animals should be respected and humans cannot harm animals

3. animals shouldn’t be treated poorly and if they need to be put down, it must be done quickly and without fear or pain

4. wild animals have the right to roam freely and reproduce at their will

5. domestic animals must be able to act like other domestics of their species

6. companion animals must be able to live their full lifespan and cannot be abandoned

7. working animals can only work for a limited period of time

8. animals cannot be tested on if the testing causes pain (mental or physical)

9. food animals must be fed, live and die without fear or pain

10. animals cannot be used for entertainment purposes

11. animals cannot be killed unless it is a necessity

12. anything that causes several of a wild species to die is considered genocide

13. animals that have passed away must be respected, and TV/movies cannot show victimized animals unless for animal rights purposes

14. animal protection agencies and the government are at the same level and animal rights must be equal to those of human rights

 

 

The Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare

The Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare is an inter-government legislation that has been created by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA).  The legislation is backed by four major animal welfare organizations: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Compassion in World Farming, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  

This declaration is not the same as the Universal Declaration on Animal Rights. It is hoped that the United Nations will adopt the declaration to introduce or improve animal welfare legislations in countries around the world. A draft of the declaration says:

 

You can sign a petition to show your support of the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare by clicking here.