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Farm animal welfare efforts impress at Earth Summit

Aug 22, 2012

WSPA supporters helped ensure one huge change at June’s United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development (Rio+20): the inclusion of farm animals.

Animal-friendly farming can lead to a better world not only for animals, but for people and the environment we share. This was the message we took through the Rio +20 preparatory meetings over the past year, right to Brazil and the Summit itself in June.

And with over 500,000 brilliant WSPA supporters from across the world, an animal samba dance troupe and Brazilian superstar actress Alice Braga behind us, we made sure farm animals were the talk of the town!

Building the case for farm animal welfare

WSPA’s campaign in the run-up to Rio+20 revealed how farming can be improved for animals and, in doing so, help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems – including food security and protecting our precious eco-systems.

Backed by evidence gathered from high-welfare farms in the major food-producing nations of Brazil, China, India, the U.S. and more, WSPA supporters backed a simple proposition: if animals live well, we live well.

Two world firsts for farm animals

While our street team made a splash with Rio’s media and public, our welfare experts were hard at work in the summit itself, making convincing arguments for farm animals to be included in a major United Nations meeting for the first time ever.

WSPA is incredibly proud to have played a part in achieving two world firsts: not only were farm animals added to this vital agenda,  but the Summit’s outcomes document formally recognizes that farm animals must be considered when we seek to solve the world’s urgent sustainability issues.

What this means back on the farm

We thank everyone who backed our campaign. Your support allowed us to convince world leaders of the vital importance of farm animals and this recognition is huge news: industrial farming is the biggest cause of animal suffering in the world. 

This crucial first step toward seeing animals’ interests join environmental and humanitarian concerns on priority agendas paves the way for real change in terms of how animals are reared and treated on farms on a daily basis.

Now that livestock has been acknowledged in this prominent forum, WSPA will keep working to ensure that the international community puts their words into actions.
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