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Government vets back move against animal cruelty
Chief Veterinary Officers from across the world are backing the move towards a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, which is supported by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and is being recognized by a growing number of government authorities and international organizations.

Universal Declaration campaign launched in US
We are seeking a total of 10 million signatures on the "Animals Matter to Me" petition, making it the most ambitious global initiative on animal welfare that has ever been attempted.

Global reach: WSPA celebrates 1,000 member societies
WSPA, the world’s largest alliance of animal welfare organisations, has grown to a total of 1,012 members. The 19 newest member societies will help strengthen the global animal welfare movement, changing many animals’ lives for the better.

WSPA opens office in Asia
This new office allows WSPA Asia to work closely with more than 100 Member Societies from 27 countries in the Asian region.

Bravo! Latin American nations back animals
Both nations recognize that a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) would go beyond helping animals and also benefit people – especially the world’s poorest communities – and the environment.

Sweden and New Zealand: leaders in animal welfare
Two governments, on different continents, have this week made the same significant decision: to recognize the global importance of animals and their well-being by lending support to a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare.

Leona Lewis says Animals Matter
Fans of the singer can also see a behind the scenes film of the charity video shoot and hear news about her new album, her career and lifestyle on WSPA YouTube channel.

European Union support boosts UDAW campaign
The development of a worldwide agreement on the importance of animal care and treatment – which a WSPA-led campaign seeks to see enshrined in a Universal Declaration – would show nations that animal welfare is connected to global development issues such as food security, human health and disaster management.

Animal welfare on the agenda for developing countries
Last week the G77 – a loose coalition of 130 developing countries represented at the United Nations – hosted their first ever ambassador-level briefing on animal welfare issues and how they impact on human livelihoods.

Fiji stands up for a world where animals matter
Fiji has joined a growing list of governments putting the spotlight on how we care for animals by supporting a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) to be endorsed by the United Nations.

Animals Matter to India
India was the first country to have animal protection written into its constitution and similarly, the first to have a government Board dedicated to animal welfare issues.

Brazilian ministry backs animal welfare
The UDAW is a proposed set of principles which, if endorsed by the United Nations, will result in international recognition that animal welfare matters for animals, people, and the environment.

One step closer to a UN 'first' for animals
Animal welfare is taking another step closer to an unprecedented place on the United Nations agenda. Eighty animal welfare groups are also working hard to promote this campaign and spread the word about the need for global consideration of animals and their welfare.

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