Our Ethical Behaviour and Responsibility to Animals
May 16, 2009 § Leave a comment
Please help achieve a global recognition that animals do matter, that they emote, sense and can suffer just as humans and that we have a God given responsibility to put an end to cruelty around the world to animals. The World Society of Protection for Animals is seeking 10 million signatures to let the governments of the world know we are serious about achieving a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the United Nations. At this submission, here on May 16, 2009, there are currently 1,975,504 signatures:
1,045,954 from the US
161753 from Africa
310924 from Asia and Pacific
5493 Middle East
450703 from Europe
This was brought to my attention from my recent research into animal welfare, due to my involvement with local animal rescues. Much to my horror, I was shocked and sickened to read and see this video (in the middle of the page) on the WorldNetDaily by News Editor, Bob Unruh. It is graphic but causes true awareness of this matter. Before they are skinned alive, animals are pulled from their cages and thrown to the ground; workers bludgeon them with metal rods or slam them on hard surfaces, causing broken bones and convulsions but not always immediate death. Animals watch helplessly as workers make their way down the row.
Undercover investigators from Swiss Animal Protection/EAST International recently toured fur farms in China’s Hebei Province, and it quickly became clear why outsiders are banned from visiting. There are no regulations governing fur farms in China—farmers can house and slaughter animals however they see fit—meaning miserable lives and excruciating deaths. The investigators found horrors beyond their worst imaginings and concluded, “Conditions on Chinese fur farms make a mockery of the most elementary animal welfare standards. In their lives and their unspeakable deaths, these animals have been denied even the simplest acts of kindness.”
As well, Canada, this year allowed hunters to kill more than 300,000 baby seals – the largest quota ever. Mind you, this is called Canada’s Annual Seal Hunt. They say that it is only for adult seals but in reality, there are seals even as young as two weeks old clubbed to death.
Please, I am asking that you take the time to submit your signature on this matter to show that animals do matter and the violent and inhumane acts that humans are taking on them need to be stopped on a global level. Click on this link to sign up. Please forward this on to others as well to put an end to this cause. The link from the Swiss Animal Protection and PETA is here. (Please view on Windows Media).
- Around 60 billion farm animals are used each year globally to produce meat, milk and eggs. The majority are raised in industrial farming systems where their welfare needs are not met.
- Globally, there are some 600 million dogs, and a similar number of cats, of which an estimated 80% are stray or unwanted.
- The illegal and often inhumane trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is a soaring black market worth $10 billion a year, exceeded only by arms and drug smuggling. Millions of wild animals are killed, captured or traded inhumanely in this shady business.
- An estimated 80% of power input on farms in developing countries is supplied by draught animals, however the resources made available are often woefully inadequate, leading to significant welfare issues.
- Animals are also affected on a huge scale by natural disasters, though seldom considered.
Improving animal welfare can also improve the welfare of people relying on these animals. Over a billion people directly rely on animals around the world for their livelihoods. People rely on animals’ companionship as well, and in many cases animals are considered part of the family.
For a global problem you need a global solution. Agreement on the importance of an issue affects people’s attitudes, and people’s attitudes affect their actions. A Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare would have a real, long-term impact on the welfare of billions of animals worldwide.
‘Animals Matter To Me’ represents the biggest ever global animal welfare initiative linking the entire animal welfare movement under one strategic goal – global recognition that animals are sentient beings, capable of feeling pain and suffering – no different than you and I!