Animal welfare: essential to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Association between Animal Welfare, the Environment and Sustainable Development recognized that animal welfare can contribute to addressing environmental challenges, promoting an improved health approach and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. UNEP is expected to explore these linkages in a report drawing on the experience of other stakeholders.
The most recent WFA report is titled “Unveiling the Nexus: The Interconnectedness of Animal Welfare, the Environment and Sustainable Development”. The idea behind compiling them is to assist policy makers by providing them with a synthesis of scientific evidence.
It also seeks to stimulate public and open dialogue between interested parties. The report highlights the value of advocacy from an animal welfare perspective. and its potential to help address planetary crises and accelerate sustainable development.
This was explained by Dr. James Yates, CEO of the World Animal Federation. “There is a critical scientific evidence base showing that improving animal welfare can help people and the environment. This includes reversing biodiversity loss, mitigating climate change, and ensuring public health. This report aims to help decision-makers understand these links so that they can Making sustainable and effective decisions capable of reversing our current crises.
Britta Reese, president of the World Animal Confederation, also spoke on the matter. We hope that by revealing this connection, we can help others see the potential of animal welfare as an overarching lever for sustainable development. The facts are there. It’s time to implement the solutions that Nexus puts in place and enable generational change in international politics to protect people, planet and animals. Animal welfare: essential to the Sustainable Development Goals.
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