December 2009: The Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) announced its support, in principle, for the development of Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) at its Annual General Meeting on 14th August 2009, demonstrating its strong commitment to animal welfare.
The Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) announced its support, in principle, for the development of Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) at its Annual General Meeting on 14th August 2009, demonstrating its strong commitment to animal welfare.
The Declaration, which represents the international agreement on animal welfare, recognises that sentient animals are capable of pain and suffering, deserving consideration and respect, and calls for effective animal welfare legislation to be developed and enforced around the world. It is hoped that the Declaration will ultimately be adopted by the United Nations.
IVMA President, Dr Wiwiek Bagja, said: “I am delighted that IVMA members are now supporting the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare initiative. IVMA is the only national organisation of the veterinarians in Indonesia that covers over 40 territorial branches throughout the country and 12 specialty organisations/special group of interest.”
“I hope that our support will encourage some more institutions and the Indonesian government to implement animal welfare as requested by the new law of Livestock and Animal Health no.18/2009, both with stronger commitment and understanding that animal welfare has a strong link to human welfare and development issues – in particular human health, poverty and disaster.”
Essential support welcomed
Dr Kevin Vang, Regional Director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals
(WSPA) South and Southeast Asia Regional Office, said: “WSPA is delighted that
IVMA is backing for the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, in particular in Indonesia. It is essential that the Declaration be supported by the veterinary profession and is an important step towards building serious recognition from Indonesian government to support the development of UDAW officially.”
IVMA continues to actively promote the importance of animal welfare in Indonesia and amongst the international community whenever the opportunity arises.