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23-05-2007 - Government vets back move against animal cruelty The world’s Chief Veterinary Officers are backing the move towards a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) gave its overwhelming support when it met in Paris on 25th May. Members voted for the resolution to achieve worldwide acceptance of animal welfare as an important issue and called on governments to support the goal.

Director General of WSPA, Peter Davies, said:

”WSPA is delighted that the OIE is backing the Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare. This is a crucial moment in its realisation and such an important declaration of support and commitment from government veterinarians across the world.

“We will be working with them to encourage governments to improve protection for animal health and welfare. This move gives added impetus and urgency to our aim to end animal cruelty. A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare would have a real, long-term impact on the welfare of billions of animals worldwide.”

The WSPA-supported initiative for a Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare to be adopted by the UN is gaining momentum around the world:

A global petition is close to achieving 500,000 signatures from members of the public all over the world.
Government authorities in Kenya, India, the Philippines, Costa Rica and the Czech Republic are officially backing the Declaration.
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