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Forty six nations are signatories of the Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, a series of principles designed to protect the welfare of animals.1 The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora formed an international agreement to prohibit the trade of rare plant and animal species so as to eliminate trade as a contributor to endangerment and extinction.2 The United States, Canada, Mexico, the majority of Europe, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kenya, the Philippines, Japan, portions of South America and Australia have policies — ranging in extent — providing protection for animals, whether they be domestic, wildlife or livestock. A majority of African, Eastern European and Asian nations have little to no protections for animals.3 The World Animal Protection Index gives Austria, the United Kingdom and Switzerland the highest ratings of the 50 selected nations for animal protection for their recognition of animal sentience, support of the Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare, laws against mistreatment of animals, safeguards against abuse of animals being raised in farm systems, as well as captive and domestic animals, wildlife and animals used for research. The index also rates the three nations highly for their support of the efforts of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the acceptance of OIE standards.4 Show References
1 https://api.worldanimalprotection.org/methodology 2 https://www.cites.org/eng/disc/what.php 3 https://api.worldanimalprotection.org/ 4 Ibid
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