Daphne D- AR: The Next Social Justice Movement

I am the voice of the voiceless: Through me, the dumb shall speak; Till the deaf world’s ear be made to hear The cry of the wordless weak. And I am my brother’s keeper, And I will fight his fight; And speak the word for beast and bird Till the world shall set things right.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS


Considering that Life is one, all living beings having a common origin and having diversified in the course of the evolution of the species;
Considering that all living beings possess natural rights, and that any animal with a nervous system has specific rights;
Considering that the contempt for, and even the simple ignorance of these natural rights cause serious damage to nature and lead man to commit crimes against animals;
Considering that the coexistence of species implies a recognition by the human species of the right of other animal species to live;
Considering that the respect of humans for animals is inseparable from the respect of man for another man.
IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED:
Article 1
All animals are born equal and they have the same rights to existence.
Article 2
a) Every animal has the right to be respected.b) Man, like the animal species, cannot assume the right to exterminate other animals or to exploit them, thereby violating this right. He should use his conscience for the service of the animals.c) Every animal has the right to consideration, good treatment and the protection of man.
Article 3
a) No animal should be submitted to bad treatment or cruel actions.b) If the death of an animal is necessary, this should be sudden and without fear or pain.
Article 4
a) All animals belonging to a wild species have the right to live free in their natural environment, and have the right to reproduce.b) Each deprivation of freedom, even for educational purposes, is in opposition to this right.
Article 5
a) Every animal that usually lives in a domestic environment must live and grow to a rhythm natural to his species.b) Any change to this rhythm and conditions dictated by man for mercantile purpose, is a contradiction of this law.
Article 6
a) All animals selected by man, as companions must have a life corresponding to their natural longevity.b) To abandon an animal is a cruel and degrading action.
Article 7
Working animals must only work for a limited period and must not be worked to exhaustion. They must have adequate food and rest.
Article 8
a) Experiments on animals that cause physical and mental pain, are incompatible with animal rights, even if it is for medical, scientific, commercial or any other kind of experiment.b) A substitute technique must be investigated and developed.
Article 9
In the eventuality of an animal bred for food, it must be fed, managed, transported and killed without it being 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 an animal's dignity.
Article 11
Every action that causes the unnecessary death of an animal, is cruel which is a crime against life.
Article 12
a) Every action that causes the death of a lot of wild animals is genocide, that is a crime against the species. b) Pollution and destruction leads to the extinction of the species.
Article 13
a) Dead animals must be treated with respect.b) Violent scenes, where animals are the victims, must be forbidden at the cinema and on TV, unless they are for the demonstration of animal rights.
Article 14
a) Protection and safeguarding associations must be represented at government level. b) Animal rights must be defended by law as are human rights.
The text of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS has been adopted from the International League of Animal Rights and Affiliated National Leagues in the course of an International Meeting on Animal Rights which took place in London from 21st to 23rd September 1977.

5 Comments:

  • At July 28, 2008 at 8:53 AM , Anonymous Aragorn Eloff, SA Vegan Society said...

    As an animal rights activist I'm concerned that this declaration is framed as one which focuses on animal rights when it has a clear welfarist bias, evinced by statements such as:

    "Working animals must only work for a limited period and must not be worked to exhaustion."

    and, even worse,

    "In the eventuality of an animal bred for food, it must be fed, managed, transported and killed without it being in fear or pain."

    Veganism is the moral baseline for any person who seeks to grant real rights to animals. Any philosophical position that endorses ANY exploitation of animals for food or production of human goods via indentured labour is NOT a rights position but a welfare one. The two are completely incompatible.

    Please consider either re-titling the post or, better, editing it to be more in line with the basic tenets of animal rights.

     
  • At July 28, 2008 at 7:06 PM , Blogger DAPHNE said...

    i posted the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS ..not my private opinion so plz dont tell me how to run my blog! i totally agree with you if you check my blog better...thx

     
  • At August 5, 2008 at 10:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am horrified and heartbroken that defenceless animals can be treated so appallingly. May God be with you and everyone else in this fight for humane treatment of all living beasts in China.

    Chrisey, South Wales UK.

     
  • At August 23, 2008 at 4:33 PM , Blogger JEW AT THE BEACH said...

    Thanks Daphne, I was getting rather depressed, very disgusted really at the inactivity of animal activists and participants for boycotting Olympics in China...seems the American press keeps animal cruelty hidden from sight, their advertisers are SOOO XXX important - but your site will reach people, and compel them to act for the thousands of animals, especially the dogs, whose eyes will haunt me forever. I will never forgive the monsters who inflict such brutality upon innocent, loving animals. Don't ask. But thanks again for trying to inspire and compell folks to speak up, and act, and demand justice for these forgotten victims of a brutal society.

     
  • At September 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you for your blog!!! I am an animal activist involved in several campaigns - trying to shut down fur stores selling cat,dog as well as wildlife fur coming from Chinese fur farms plus North American leghold traps. Also at the moment we're promoting the film The Cove about the 23,000 wild dolphins that get massacred each year so the town of Taiji can pick the "cutest" ones to sell to marinelands, etc. to perform as entertainment. So we're leafletting asking the public to boycott aquariums etc. and hotels that provide their guests a chance "swim with the dolphins". Captive dolphins like this are driving this annual massacre. Of course there is the shameful Canadian seal slaughter we are STILL fighting. Your blog covers many issues and thank you for getting it out there!!! We need to let the world know about this stuff. The more people get involved to help stop it, the better the chances. Keep writing letters, keep signing petitions, keep protesting and adopt a vegan diet (as you have!).

     

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