According to the WSPA website,
A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare would be an agreement among people and nations that:
*Animals are sentient and can suffer.
*Animals’ welfare needs must be respected.
*Animal cruelty must end for good.
What will it achieve?
The adoption of a UDAW by the United Nations would:
*Establish animal welfare as an international issue.
*Encourage governments to improve and enforce national animal welfare legislation by providing a benchmark.
*Recognise that animal welfare is a key factor in humanitarian and environmental policy making.
*Encourage industries which use animals to keep welfare at the forefront.
*Acknowledge the risks to animals caused by environmental factors such as climate change, habitat loss and pollution.
*Create a more compassionate global attitude to animal welfare, including their needs and habitats.
*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.