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Did you know there was an Universal Declaration of Animal Rights? Well here it is:

This is the final text of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights adopted by the International League of Animal Rights and Affiliated National Leagues after the 3rd. Meeting on animal rights, held in London from 21 to 23 September 1977.

The declaration proclaimed on October 15, 1978 by the International League, National Leagues and individuals that are associated with them, was adopted by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and subsequently by the United Nations (UN).


– Whereas all animals have rights

– Whereas disregard of those rights has led and continues to lead men to commit crimes against nature and against animals

– Whereas recognition by the human species of the right to existence of other animal species, is the basis for the coexistence of species in the world

– Whereas man commits genocide and there is a threat of committing it to continue

– Whereas respect for animals by humans is linked to the respect of men among themselves

– Considering that education should be taught from childhood to observe, understand, respect and love animals


Article 1

All animals are born equal and they have the same rights to existence.

Article 2

a) Every animal has the right to respect.

b) Man, like the animal species, can not assume the right to exterminate other animals or to exploit violating that right. You are obliged to put their knowledge at the service of the animals.

c) Every animal has the right to care, care and protection of man.

Article 3

a) No animal shall be subjected to ill-treatment or cruel actions.

b) If the death of an animal is necessary, it must be sudden and without fear or pain.

Article 4

a) All animals belonging to a wild species, has the right to live free in their natural environment, land, air or water to reproduce.

b) Any deprivation of freedom, even for educational purposes, is contrary to this law.

Article 5

a) Any animal of a species that traditionally live in the environment of man has the right to live and grow at the pace and conditions of life and liberty by their own species.

b) Any change to this rhythm and conditions that was imposed by man for commercial purposes, is contrary to that law.

Article 6

a) Any animal that man has chosen as a partner, is entitled to the length of your life is according to their natural longevity.

b) Abandonment of an animal is a cruel and degrading act.

Article 7

All animal work is entitled to a reasonable limitation of time and intensity of work, adequate food and rest.

Article 8

a) Animal experimentation involving physical or psychological suffering is incompatible with animal rights, whether it is medical, scientific, commercial or any other kind of experiment.

b) A substitute technique must be investigated and developed.

Article 9

When an animal is raised for food should be fed, transported and killed without that it is for him in fear or pain.

Article 10

a) No animal should be used for entertainment.

b) Animal exhibitions and shows that use animals are incompatible with the dignity of the animal.

Article 11

Any act that causes the death of an animal without a biocide, ie, a crime against life.

Article 12

a) Any act that causes the death of a large number of wild animals is genocide, that is, a crime against the species.

b) Pollution and destruction of the natural environment leads to genocide.

Article 13

a) Dead animals must be treated with respect.

b) Violent scenes in which animals are the victims, should be banned in movies and on TV, unless they are for giving example of the attacks on animal rights.

Article 14

a) Institutions of protection and safeguarding of children, must be represented at government level.

b) Animal rights must be defended by the law, such as human rights.

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