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Time to take action. Oceans can't wait.
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Time to take action. Oceans can't wait.

“Ocean levels are rising quicker than expected [...] they are also being poisoned. Three major reports [...] confirm that we are knowingly destroying the very support systems keeping us alive. And indeed, we are.” These were the somber words spoken by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his opening remarks at the UN Climate Change Convention in December 2019. In preparation for the UN Ocean Conference in June 2020, the UN held a two-day preparatory meeting from 3-4 February at UN Headquarters in New York, which World Animal Net attended, during which delegates deliberated eight proposed themes for the interactive dialogues that will guide the consultations at the 2020 UN Ocean Conference. Discussions also focused on the conference’s political declaration.
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Guidelines on Food Security and Nutrition - Who will benefit most?

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is in the process of developing Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. The first draft of the Voluntary Guidelines was released in December 2019 and WAN, along with Brighter Green and Pro Veg International, submitted comments to this document. The First Draft of the Voluntary Guidelines unfortunately includes no explicit guidance on the need to transition to predominantly plant-based diets and to reduce the consumption of animal-sourced foods for the benefit of human and planetary health. While it highlights some important issues that are threatening food security, it does not get to the core of these issues and their root causes in the same way that other recent landmark UN reports have done.
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From the WAN Blog

- Final theme selected for the 2021 United Nations Environment Assembly.
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-  How many more reports do we need to face reality? We must change our food systems to save the environment, and ourselves. Read more…
-  Accelerated action and transformative pathways: High time to integrate animal welfare into the decade of action for sustainable development. Read more....

Get your copy of the Model Animal Welfare Act!

The Model Animal Welfare Act is available for purchase from our website and on Amazon! However, if you would like to order copies in bulk, contact us as we are happy to provide special pricing on bulk orders. 

Upcoming Events

21 February: NYU Workshop: Ending Factory Farming (USA)
24-27 February: Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (Zimbabwe)
24-28 February: Open Ended Working Group Meeting for the Convention on Biological Diversity (Rome)
March 3: World Wildlife Day (International)
24-26 March: Industrializing Cell-Based Meat Summit (USA)

International News

- EU urged to adopt meat tax to tackle climate emergency. Read more....
- How climate change poisons our food. Read more...
- Pangolins are suspected as a potential Coronavirus host. Read more...
Is it time to shut down the zoos?
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- Botswana set to auction first elephant hunting licenses after lifting ban.
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- California court backs State's right to ban foie gras. Read more...
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