Saturday, November 7, 2009

Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW)

This November, a Private Member's motion in support of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) is scheduled to be debated for the second time in Canada's House of Commons. Sponsored by Michelle Simson (MP for Scarborough Southwest) and seconded by Bill Siksay (MP for Burnaby-Douglas), the motion had its first hour of debate on October 1st. It reads as follows:

‘That, in the opinion of the House, the government should support, in principle, the development of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at all relevant International organizations and forums.’

Urge your MP to support Motion M-354 >>

Parliamentary support for UDAW would send a strong message to our goverment that Animals Matter - to Parliament, and to the more than 70,000 Canadians who have signed petitions and sent letters on this issue. Please take a moment to email your MP now (even if you have already emailed them in the past on this issue) and urge him/her to support Motion M-354.

We need to get as many letters to MPs as possible before the vote: forward this email, encourage as many people as you can to join you and stand up for animal welfare in Canada.

A UDAW would be a powerful catalyst for change ­ inspiring the creation of national laws for the prevention of cruelty to animals where they do not exist and encouraging all nations to look for ways to improve their laws and standards for the prevention of cruelty to, and proper care and treatment of animals.

With thanks and appreciation,

Silia Smith
Regional Director
WSPA Canada

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