Sunday, November 15, 2009

Animals Matter To Me - Update

Since 2007, WSPA Canada has been working tirelessly to convince the Canadian government to support our campaign to achieve a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW). We gathered thousands of petitions, presented our case at countless meetings, and made hundreds of phone calls. We're thrilled to annouce that it worked. Our Members of Parliament heard us.

In a landmark decision on November 6, MPs from all four political parties unanimously adopted a motion which calls on the Canadian government to support (in principle) the development of a UDAW. The motion was put forward by Liberal MP Michelle Simson (Scarborough Southwest) and seconded by NDP MP Bill Siksay (Burnaby Douglas). This makes Canada a leader. We are the first North American country to express support for a UDAW.

We could have never achieved this milestone without your help.

Thank you.

MPs debate the importance of animal welfare:

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This means that Canada is one giant step closer to fully endorsing the campaign, but there are a few more important steps on this journey...

1. Very soon, WSPA will meet with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to confirm that the government will commit to and support, in principle, the development of a UDAW.

2. The actual details of the UDAW will be negotiated and finalized by key countries.

3. Finally, Canada must then agree to and endorse the UDAW.

The WSPA campaign to achieve a UDAW was supported by our member societies and more than 75,000 Canadians who signed petitions and sent more than 25,000 individual letters to MPs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. There is still lots of work to be done, and as we carry this campaign forward we hope you will continue to support us and lend your voice to the campaign.

Please say thanks for a job well done, send a thank you e-mail to your MP.

With thanks and appreciation,

Silia Smith
Regional Director
WSPA Canada

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