Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

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·Considering that every animal possesses rights

Considering that the ignorance of these rights has led and continues to lead man to commit crimes against nature and against animals

Considering that the recognition by the human species of the rights to the existence of other animal species, constitutes the foundation of the coexistence of species in the world

Considering that man commits genocide and there is a threat that he will continue to commit it

Considering that respect for animals by man is linked to the respect of men among themselves

Considering that education must teach, from childhood, to observe, understand, respect and love animals


Article 1
All animals are born equal to life and have the same rights to existence.

Article 2
a) Every animal has the right to respect.
b) Man, as an animal species, cannot claim the right to exterminate other animals or to exploit them in violation of that right. You have the obligation to put your knowledge at the service of animals.
c) All animals have the right to the care, care and protection of man.

Article 3
a) No animal shall be subjected to mistreatment or cruel acts.
b) If the death of an animal is necessary, it must be instantaneous, painless and not generating anguish.

Article 4
a) Every animal belonging to a wild species has the right to live freely in its own natural, terrestrial, aerial or aquatic environment and to reproduce.
b) Any deprivation of liberty, even that for educational purposes, is contrary to this right.

Article 5
a) Every animal belonging to a species that traditionally lives in the environment of man, has the right to live and grow at the rate and in the conditions of life and freedom that are typical of their species.
b) Any modification of said rhythm or said conditions that was imposed by man for commercial purposes is contrary to said right.

Article 6
a) Every animal that man has chosen as a companion, has the right that the duration of its life is in accordance with its natural longevity.
b) The abandonment of an animal is a cruel and degrading act.

Article 7
Every working animal has the right to a reasonable limitation of the time and intensity of work, to a restorative diet and to rest.

Article 8
a) Animal experimentation that involves physical or psychological suffering is incompatible with animal rights, whether it is medical, scientific or commercial experiments, or any other form of experimentation.
b) Alternative techniques must be used and developed.

Article 9
When an animal is raised for food it must be fed, installed and transported, as well as slaughtered, without causing anxiety or pain for it.

Article 10
a) No animal should be exploited for the entertainment of man.
b) Animal exhibitions and shows that use animals are incompatible with the dignity of the animal.

Article 11
Any act that involves the death of an animal unnecessarily is a biocide, that is, a crime against life.

Article 12
a) Any act that involves 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 lead to genocide.

Article 13
a) A dead animal must be treated with respect.
b) Scenes of violence in which animals are victims should be prohibited in the cinema and on television, except if they are intended to show attacks against animal rights.

Article 14
a) The organisms for the protection and safeguarding of animals must be represented at the governmental level.
b) Animal rights must be defended by law, as are human rights.

This final text of the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights has been adopted by the International League for Animal Rights and the affiliated National Leagues following the 3rd meeting on animal rights, held in London from 21 to 23 September from 1977.

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

Video: The Universal Declaration of Animal Rights - Unesco (June 2022).


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