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The Brazilian Ministry of Environment has backed the development of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, moving the whole country towards recognising the importance of how we treat animals.
With Brazil’s influence both within the region and on the international stage, their support has the potential to improve the lives of millions of animals.
At yesterday’s ceremony, Minister Carlos Minc signed a statement of support for the development of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) on behalf of the Ministry of Environment.
Mr Minc said he felt compelled to support the campaign both as a concerned citizen with an interest in animal welfare and as a minister responsible for the protection of Brazil’s rich diversity of wildlife.
WSPA’s regional director for Brazil, Antonio Augusto Silva, commented: “With this commitment, the Ministry of Environment gives a clear sign that it is concerned with animal protection on a global scale. It is yet more evidence that it is not possible to think about the environment without considering the welfare of animals.”
The minister’s backing was achieved through a WSPA-led campaign seeking endorsement for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the United Nations General Assembly, which would encourage nations to protect animals. Join the campaign >>
Minister Minc also promised to present the concept of a UDAW to President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and encourage him to follow his positive example on behalf of the Brazilian government.
The first animals arrive at the Brazilian Model Farm
Improving animal welfare can assist developing economies by providing access to high welfare markets for their animal products, as well as offering benefits for people and the environment.
This is being demonstrated by WSPA’s Brazil-based Model Farm Project, which shows farmers and animal transporters the economic, social and environmental advantages of applying good animal welfare practices to farming systems.
Thirty-three governments, including many developing countries and all 27 European Union member states, have recognised that good animal welfare helps achieve global development goals. The campaign to achieve a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare has their full support.
The Ministry of Environment has reflected public opinion – more than 232,000 Brazilians have stated their support for a Declaration.
It joins almost two million individuals worldwide and a growing list of nations that have decided it is time for the necessity of good animal welfare to be recognised.
Each individual, ministry and government that backs the campaign takes us closer to the importance of animal welfare being recognised by the international community.