What are UNCAHP key objectives?

UNCAHP's 10 key objectives:

  1. Make animal protection a global imperative at the UN.

  2. Make animal protection a common goal for all Nations.

  3. Allow all animals to be considered and protected in a unique convention.

  4. Protect animal health globally.

  5. Protect animal species globally.

  6. Protect animal welfare globally.

  7. Protect animal interests globally (for instance: interest to live, to be free, well-treated, to be represented).

  8. Strengthen human obligations of responsibility, care and assistance towards animals.

  9. State legal principles of non-cruelty and good treatment for all animals in all countries.

  10. Promote the research of alternatives to animal products and exploitation.

What are UNCAHP key advantages?

As a global instrument, it is:

  • Universal: It concerns all countries in the world at the UN (being the only universal organization with 193 sovereign States to date).

  • All-encompassing: It concerns all categories of animals (ie. companion, farmed, lab, sports and wild animals).

  • Holistic: It includes animal protection in the global picture of environmental and human protection through the One Health/One Welfare approach.

As a framework-convention, it is:

  • Legally-binding: To member-States (having a treaty value contrarily to declarations of principles or international recommendations).

  • Consensual: It contains internationally agreed principles, for instance in the frame of the OIE with the 5 freedoms and 3Rs (Art. 2 UNCAHP) and general principles of animal law, ie. non-cruelty and good-treatment (Art. 4 UNCAHP).

  • Evolutive: It contains principles that are already embodied by many national laws such as the obligations of responsibility, care and assistance, or the recognition of animal sentience and dignity (Art. 1 & 3 UNCAHP). It also includes far-reaching principles, which are adapted to progressive evolutions, such as the protection of animals’ fundamental interests and the research of alternatives to animal products and exploitation (Art. 5 & 6 UNCAHP).


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