World Society for the Protection of Animals is currently campaigning for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare at the United Nations and they are seeking 10 million signatures to demonstrate just how serious they are about achieving this.
"WSPA believes that an international agreement on welfare standards should become a key goal for the animal welfare movement in the 21st century." http://www.wspa.org.au/campaigns.asp?campaignType=4
Currently, there is no international agreement concerning the care of animals. Although The Protocol on Animal Welfare provides legal recognition of animals as sentient beings, it is limited to Europe.
WSPA's website states:
"A Universal Declaration accepted by the UN would:
Establish a global governmental vision for animal welfare based on an agreed set of principles;
Demonstrate that animal welfare is recognised as an issue of importance by the United Nations family and the international co