General Assembly Resolution # 228
A resolution to restrict civil freedoms in the interest of moral decency.
URGING the WA to recognize that animals kept as property by people must be provided with protections as a moral responsibility;
REALIZING the importance of animals as food, clothing and medical resources that are imported and exported internationally and would thus require an international effort to prevent cruelty;
UNDERSTANDING that populations of animals sometimes require the intervention of people to prevent population growth or harm that is detrimental to the animal, environment and people, and allowing for such actions if all reasonable actions are taken to prevent unnecessary pain and suffering.
LIMITS animals in this resolution to beings that possess the scientifically demonstrated ability to feel and experience pain. Animals unable to feel pain as a result of their physiology are exempt.
LIMITS restrictions on interactions between people and animals in this resolution to include only all forms of domesticity, including farming and animal testing industries. Wild animals are exempt from this resolution as they are not a legal responsibility of owners.
DEFINES unnecessary as able to be reasonably avoided; While some industry, such as the meat industry, or fur industry, require that an animal be killed in order to create a product, which will necessitate brief pain, it is considered unavoidable. Similarly, prolonging the death of an animal because it is more cost effective is avoidable, so long as an alternative is economically feasible for that nation.
DEFINES pain and suffering as the unpleasant sensory experience associated with actual tissue damage and lasting unpleasant sensory experience as a result of prior tissue damage. Tissue damage inflicted under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian and with the use of anaesthetics to reduce or eliminate pain is reasonable.
DEFINES owners as any person who has purchased an animal or its descendants and/or has provided food or shelter or medical care to an animal on that persons property for more than 31 days.
PROVIDES animals with the right to safety, reasonable quality of life and freedom from torture through holding owners legally responsible by:
1. PROHIBITING the infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering on any animal by any person either directly or remotely.
2. ENCOURAGING that domestic animals kept outside of an individuals living space be provided with an environment that as closely resembles its natural habitat as is possible; one example would be free range.
3. REQUIRING that individuals or a group that possess legal rights under its nations law to an animal provide reasonable protection from harm by other animals and persons.
4. FORBIDDING forms of entertainment that require or involve the infliction of pain or suffering on animals,
5. ESTABLISHES the Protection of Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) that will meet annually at the WAHQ or another suitably neutral site to create and edit a list of feeling species protected under this legislation and determines whether an action is necessary or reasonable if national governments are unable to reach a decision.