Animal welfare matters for sustainable development; and sustainable development matters for animals.
First, animal welfare is an important goal in its own right. Many ethicists, cultures and religions recognize that all sentient beings matter morally, while scientific understanding is growing of many animals’ ability to experience positive and negative states.
Second, our current treatment of animals impacts our own ability to achieve sustainable development. Industrial livestock farming and fishing, for instance, threatens Sustainable Development Goals related to climate change, biodiversity and health.
Third, our sustainable development interventions matter for animals: Interventions to promote climate action or prevent biodiversity loss might inadvertently affect the well-being of animals if we do not take animal welfare into consideration when designing such interventions.
Through work with partners, SEI is helping to shed light on the interlinkages between sustainable development and animal welfare; identify policy pathways to help mainstream animal welfare in sustainable development policy; and close remaining research gaps.
- Sustainable development matters for animals too: Governments have a responsibility to recognize that (open letter in CABI One Health)
- Signatories to open letter in CABI One Health
- Animal Welfare Matters for Sustainable Development: UNEA 5.2 is an Opportunity for Governments to Recognize That (guest article in SDG Knowledge Hub)
Governments can recognize that animal welfare is important in its own right, as well as for the future of sustainable development.
The independent report for the Stockholm+50 meeting proposes policy actions to overcome the barriers that stand in the way of sustainable, equitable development
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The world’s appetite for animal products continues to grow, with profound implications for the environment, human health and animal welfare.
Watch this webinar recorded on 25 May 2022 on the interdependence of animal welfare, public health and environmental conservation.