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The government of Pacific Island state Palau has officially announced its support for the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, bringing the historic initiative for animals yet one step closer to reality.
After much work by WSPA and local member society Palau Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), the President of Palau wrote to WSPA expressing his government’s support for an animal welfare declaration at the United Nations, similar to previous declarations on child and human rights.
In his letter, the President also thanked WSPA for providing PAWS with funding to purchase vital veterinary equipment and to attend international meetings on stray population control, disease management and general animal welfare.
“Palau’s support is an important achievement as it is influential in the Pacific Island community, and also given its ties to Australia and New Zealand,” said WSPA Programs Manager Emily Reeves. “We are hopeful this announcement will inspire other governments in the region to give a similar level of support.”
Palau becomes the first country to officially endorse the UDAW in 2009.