Please sign the UDAW Petition/ Happy Thanksgiving

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Nov. 23 /08



Have any of you heard of The Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW)?


It is a proposed agreement between countries to respect the needs of animals, both wild and domesticated, and to end animal cruelty all over the world.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is trying to get the United Nations to adopt the Declaration, just like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted.


We know that there's a big difference between adopting a declaration and implementing it. But it's a start in working together for a global effort to establish standards for the humane treatment of all animals.

I sure want to help make that happen, don't you? You and I are lucky. We are loved and enjoy all the comforts of life. But there are so many animals out there who are abused, who are losing their natural habitats and whose existence is ignored because of what some people think are more important issues.

More than 1 billion people rely on animals for their livelihood, but can't afford to give them healthy living conditions.

If adopted, the Declaration would make the protection of animals an international issue. It would declare that humans are responsible for animal health and welfare, and would encourage governments to introduce animal protection legislation separately, or, for example, as part of environmental policy-making.
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I think that's a great idea, not just for the animals, but for humans too. You just have to read about the sickly farm animals that are shot up with vaccines, hormones and antibiotics which make their way into human food. So the declaration would have a major impact on both animals and humans the world over.

This is what the WSPA says the adoption of the Declaration would achieve:

Encourage governments to improve and enforce national animal welfare legislation by providing a benchmark.
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Recognize that animal welfare is a key factor in humanitarian and environmental policy making.
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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 who 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.

We have to help the poor, who use animals for their livelihood, to treat their animals humanely.

The scale of suffering for animals in the world today is unprecedented.

Around 60 billion farm animals are used each year globally to produce meat, milk and eggs. The majority are raised in industrial farming systems where their welfare needs are not met.

Globally, there are some 600 million dogs, and a similar number of cats, of which an estimated 80% are stray or unwanted.

The illegal and often inhumane trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is a soaring black market worth $10 billion a year, exceeded only by arms and drug smuggling. Millions of wild animals are killed, captured or traded inhumanely.

An estimated 80% of power input on farms in developing countries is supplied by draught animals, however the resources made available are often woefully inadequate, leading to significant welfare issues.

Animals are also affected on a huge scale by natural disasters, though seldom considered.

To learn more go to: http://www.animalsmatter.org

We were asked by the WSPA to help circulate a petition asking the Canadian government to support the Declaration. People from all over the world, not just Canada, have signed. So we're asking you to lend your support too. Please take a moment and add your name the list of people who are urging Canadian legislators to be among the governments who will make it illegal to abuse animals.


Please Sign the petition >>

Thanks friends.

25 comments:

Clover said...

Thanks for telling us about this Chef, we are going to go check it out.
Love Clover xo

Dewey Dewster said...

Thanks Chef,

I had Gram sign the petition fer all of us.....cause we all just love ourselves and other animals too...hope ya all have a great Thansgiving !!!!

Dewey Dewster here....

Dewey Dewster said...

Chef,

Has yer email address changed ???....Gram's tryin' ta send ya somethin' and keeps gettin' it back ?

Dewey Dewster here....

Sparky said...

Chef!

Thanks for letting us know about all this... We will look into it more...

Sparky

happy said...

Thanks for letting us know! We'll sign the petition.

Niamh said...

I sent my person to the site right away. Thanks for pointing this out Chef.

Your friend,
Niamh

Technodoll said...

Signed... and thank you for bringing this to our attention.

(heartfelt hugs)

Sophie Brador said...

Hey Chef, My mom says she has to abandon me next weekend to look after your welfare at some dog show. Geez Louise. I'm going to stay home and sign petitions to save all the other dogs while she's gone.

xo
SB

Abby said...

Hi, Chef...

Thanks for letting us know about this...

My Mom signed the petition...

Abby xxxooo

Moco said...

What a wonderful cause. We will get Grammie to sign.

Mr. T-Bone Beasley said...

I told the human to sign the petition stat!!! I want all animals to live the life of Bease and Chef!

I love you Chef! I just want you to know that! Hehehehe! Give your momma a slurp on her face for me!

Gobble Gobble!

Slurp!
Mr. T-Bone Beasley

Noah the Airedale said...

We signed the petition Chef.
WSPA is a great organisation. We donate every month. It's such a worthwhile organisation.

tailwags
Noah x

Hero said...

Thanks for sharing this with all of us. I'll make sure to remind my mom to sign the petition.

Charlie Daniels said...

G'day Chef

Sorry I haven't been around for while ... things have been a bit rough at my place ..

Thanks for letting me know about that ...

Cheers

Charlie

Deefor said...

I feel so sad for all the animals. My mom will sign it too. Happy Thanksgiving. (Now I feel a little sad for the turkey)

Deefor

Eric said...

I'll go sign that Chef. Great post.

Wiry wags, Eric xx

Rambo said...

I signed the petition Chef. It is for a great cause. No animal deserves to be treated cruely.
Rambo

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Mom signed. We sure hope we all can make a difference..
Happy Turkey Day to you too. Hope you have a wonderful one..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Happy Thanksgiving to my adorable friend.
I'm blessed to have friend like you and I'm so thankful for that.
Cheers!

the 4 Bs said...

hi Chef, all of this animal neglect and cruelty makes us so sad. we want every animal to be loved and cared for like we are. we will sign the petition.

woofs.

Rambo said...

Happy Turkey Day Chef! Do you celebrate up there in Canada? If not, I'll send you some turkey. How about a leg?
see ya,
Rambo

Sophie Brador said...

Chef! My mom was at the dog show and she was looking for you and your mom, but she said there were so many people and so many boxers that she couldn't find you anywhere. She also couldn't get anywhere near your ring and had to watch you from across a ring full of Yorkies! She wasn't sure you were you at all. I sure hope you kicked some boxer butt!

xo
SB

Lola Smiles said...

Congrats CHEF! I just read Sophie's blog! Would have liked to have been there this weekend but mom said she had tooooo much going on.

luv ya
lola smiles
xox

Dana said...

Hey handsome,

I just wrote a letter to you on my blog. :X

Please don't be mad at me!

xxxoo.
yourboxergirl
gucci.

Miss Sophie said...

Hallo Mr Chef, Mummy said she'd look at the link, she said she didn't want me to look, how sad that animals are treated badly! Hope you enjoyed your thanks giving.
Velvety Kissies
Sophie