http://www.change.org/petitions/universal-declaration-of-animal-rights-revised-2011#shareUniversal Declaration of Animal Rights, Revised 2011[u
Why this is Important
Given the last time the UDAR was updated was in 1989.
We believe it is way past time it be brought up to date for the year 2011.
Let us first state the definition of "Sentience"
we know that animals are sentient, that they feel pain and pleasure and that they have interests of their own that have nothing to do with being a mere resource for humans. Joyce Tischler - ALDF
What exactly makes human beings sentient and animals looked on as property, "not sentient" Are we not intelligent enough now, in the 21st century. To realize, that yes, like human beings, animals have all the 5 senses we do.
They see, hear, smell, taste and touch. They bleed as we bleed, feel pain as we feel pain. Not only physical, but emotional as well. They are Aware of themselves. Are capable of emotions: anger, sadness, love, joy, happiness, grief. They have minds that are intelligent, capable of learning, thinking, figuring out how to do things. They have a language, just as we do. Although we may not understand their language. That does not make it any less valid. They, understand each other. And it seems, often understand us and our language far better than we are capable of understanding theirs.
And so it stands to reason. That only the Arrogance of humanity, can justify "using", "owning", "looking upon" animals as property, to be done with however we choose. The time has come for this to change. Human beings are not "Better" than "animals" . We are merely Different. And there is no longer a justification to interfere with their right to life.
Hence we propose, the Revised Edition
Universal Declaration of Animal Rights