Head of State is millionth UDAW supporter

Jan 21, 2008

President Oscar Arias Sanchez signs the UDAW petition

Costa Rican President and Nobel Lauriat, Oscar Arias Sánchez, is the official one millionth signatory to the petition for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare – an international agreement which would unite governments for the first time in agreeing that animal welfare matters.

This marks a major milestone in the progress of the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) to acceptance by the United Nations. Governments are now being asked to sit up and listen to the call from over one million people – representing every country in the world – that animals deserve good treatment and freedom from suffering.

To celebrate this landmark, President Arias will be hosting a celebration of animals in Costa Rica on Wednesday March 5 2008 as part of his Peace for Nature environmental initiative.

The road to one million

Billions of animals would benefit from an agreement that animals matter. This simple idea, which underpins the UDAW, has inspired a huge amount of support.

Over 200 animal welfare organizations and thousands of WSPA supporters from around the world have been working hard to spread the word and collect signatures. They were amazingly successful during World Animal Week 2007, collecting over 150,000 signatures collected in just seven days!

And the next million...

In March we will be asking you to write to your government and call on them to support the UDAW.

But in the meantime, you can help animals today by signing the petition and encouraging your friends and family to do the same.

Find out more about President Arias Sánchez (in Spanish)
More about the UDAW

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