Déclaration des droits de l'animal

Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human animal was solemnly proclaimed October 15, 1978 at UNESCO House in Paris. It is a philosophical position on the relationship that must now be established between humans and other animals. The revisions by the International League of Animal Rights in 1989, was released in 1990.


Considering that Life is one, all living beings having a common origin and having diversified during the evolution of species,
Considering that all living beings possess natural rights and that any animal with a nervous system has specific rights,
Considering that the disregard, even the simple ignorance of these natural rights, cause serious damage to Nature and lead men to commit crimes against animals,
Considering that the coexistence of species in the world implies a recognition by the human race the right to existence of other animal species,
Considering that respect for animals by humans is inseparable from respect among men,

IT IS hereby proclaimed that:

Article I

All animals have equal rights to existence in the context of biological equilibrium.
This equality does not overshadow the diversity of species and individuals.

Article 2

All animal life is entitled to respect.

Article 3

No animal shall be subjected to mistreatment or to cruel acts.
If the killing of an animal is necessary, it must be instantaneous, painless and cause no apprehension.
A dead animal must be treated with decency.
Article 4

Wild animals have the right to live free in their natural environment, and breed.
The prolonged deprivation of his liberty, hunting and recreational fishing and any use of wild animals for purposes other than vital, are contrary to that law.
Article 5

The animal that man is under his control is entitled to maintenance and loving care.
It should never be abandoned or killed unjustifiably.
All forms of breeding and uses of the animal must respect the physiology and behavior specific to the species.
Exhibitions, performances, and films involving animals must also respect their dignity and free of violence.
Article 6

Experiments on animals entailing physical or psychological suffering violate the rights of animals.
Alternative methods must be developed and systematically implemented.
Article 7

Any act unnecessary involving the death of an animal and any decision leading to such an act constitutes a crime against life.

Article 8

Any act compromising the survival of a species, and any decision leading to such an act constituted genocide, that is a crime against the species.
The slaughter of wildlife, pollution and destruction of biotopes are acts of genocide.
Article 9

The legal personality of the animals and their rights must be recognized by law.
The defense and safety of animals must be represented within government agencies.
Article 10

Education and schooling authorities must lead man, from childhood to observe, understand and respect animals.

The Universal Declaration of Animal Rights was solemnly proclaimed in Paris, October 15, 1978, at the Unesco House.

The revisions by the International League of Animal Rights in 1989, was released in 1990.

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Last edited: 2012-02-22

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