General Assembly Resolution # 145
A resolution to restrict civil freedoms in the interest of moral decency.
RECOGNIZING THAT Animals, as living beings and occupants of the lands and homes of the member nations of the World Assembly offer service and companionship to inhabitants of those nations,
AND RECOGNIZING THAT cruel mistreatment of said animals is an offense to moral decency,
BE IT RESOLVED THAT
(1) All owners, overseers and caretakers of domesticated animals and livestock shall:
a) Provide medical care for the treatment of injury or illness and reduction of pain resulting from said ailments to a level deemed adequate by licensed animal medical personnel.
b) Provide clean food and water for said animals in amounts and of types adequate to maintain the health of the animal.
c) Provide said animals with a clean and comfortable living environment to a degree that a reasonable person would deem it adequate.
d) Kill and slaughter said livestock in a manner that limits the pain and suffering of said livestock.
(4) Mistreatment of domesticated animals, livestock and wild animals by means of abuse, torture, training for sport fighting and the act of sport fighting is expressly prohibited.
VIOLATION of this resolution shall incur a suitable punishment based on the severity of the offense and may include fines, imprisonment, forfeiture of said animals and prohibition from owning animals in the future.
EXCLUSIONS: The following categories of animals and actions by humans are expressly excluded from this resolution:
(i) Animals used for any religious purposes are expressly excluded from this resolution.
(ii) Animals commonly known to be pests are specifically excluded, as are all widely accepted methods of eradication of said pests.
(iii) Wild Animals commonly hunted for sport, food or fur are excluded as is the act of hunting said wild animals.
(iv) Euthanasia, or the humane killing to end suffering of an animal is further excluded.
(v) Acts of animal husbandry, selective or targeted breeding are also excluded.
(vi) This resolution is not intended to deny the use of animals currently employed as service or working animals, including but not limited to police dogs, animals used as aids for the handicapped, horses used for working situations or other animals used for purposes not widely accepted as cruel.
(vii) This resolution specifically excludes animal related laboratory testing of consumer products and medical procedures neither condoning nor condemning those actions, as it is felt that Animal Testing should be viewed as a separate and distinct issue.
(i) Domesticated Animal shall be defined as any animal that has been tamed and made fit for a human environment or born into such an environment.
(ii) Livestock shall be defined as any animal bred or tamed for the express purpose of providing food, fur, leather or other animal products.
(iii) Wild Animals shall be defined as non-domesticated animals not in the care or ownership of any person.
(iv) Pests shall be defined as any non-domesticated animal deemed to inhabit and/or cause damage to any building, structure, cropland, or other physical location or where eradication of said pest is in the best interest of the public health.
(v) abuse and torture shall be defined as any act causing physical harm, mutilation, or injury which would be deemed excessive by a reasonable person.