November 2008: Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin has joined 8,000 members of the Malaysian public in signing the Animals Matter to Me global petition in support of Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW).
Other influential figures backing the international recognition of the importance of animal welfare are Malaysia’s Minister of Agriculture Y.B. Dato’ Mustapa Mohamed, Tourism Minister Dato' Sri Azalina binti Othman Said, and KL Tower CEO Dato' Zulkifli.
Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, the 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, is passionate about horse riding and horse welfare. The UDAW will encourage better welfare for horses and all Malaysia’s animals.
WSPA and member society SPCA Selangor have worked together to achieve this step forward for the UDAW campaign in Malaysia.
Globally, animal welfare groups, individuals, politicians and others are campaigning for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare – an agreement to respect animals and their welfare needs – to be endorsed by the United Nations.