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Animal Welfare Protection: A Universal Concern to Properly Address in International Law

2012.05.24

AUTHOR: Sabine Brels, PhD student at the Laval university on animal welfare protection in the world, grant of the Canada Vanier scholarship for Postgraduate Studies.
TITLE: Animal Welfare Protection: A Universal Concern to Properly Address in International Law

PUBLICATION DATE: 2012
PUBLCIATION PLACE : dA web Center, May 2012.

ABSTRACT

Animal welfare protection is an emerging universal concern that needs to be addressed properly in international law. At the beginning of this 21th century, animal welfare protection is a new hot topic on the international scene. As a growing concern in the international society, it is now desirable to reach a universally agreed basis to regulate international relations on this subject and address international issues not yet resolved, particularly in the frame of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In order to remedy to this unsustainable insecurity in international law, a global instrument would be essential to provide proper guidance for animal welfare protection on a uniform and harmonized basis. The absence of such a framework instrument on animal welfare protection appears to be a gap in international law. Therefore, the international community should globally address this subject while taking into account its inherent disparity. Instead of continued disagreement, common points could be agreed and converging elements put forward in order to bring all member states together towards a universal conception of animal welfare protection in international law.

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