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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Members of the UN Council,

Chapter I, Article 1.3 states, the purpose of the UN is "[t]o achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion". While human rights and "fundamental freedoms" are upheld and addressed as an international concern, there are no provisions for animal rights and animal freedoms. Animals, especially companion animals are boiled alive, skinned alive, set on fire, and slowly decapitated. In addition, companion animals are eaten in some countries. While there are no cruel experiments performed on humans, cannibalism is regarded with disgust, and people, even corporations, have their legal interests represented in court, animals who cannot speak for themselves have none of these things. None. I believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights. Without legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. We the undersigned urge you to add a chapter to the UN Charter, or to revise Chapter IX, Article 55 in support of the following basic rights and protections for animals: The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse, including sexual exploitation and abuse. The Right of farmed animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs. The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care. The Protection of domesticated and companion animals, including stray and feral animals, from becoming a human food source. The Protection of wildlife, or species of recent wildlife origin born or brought into captivity, from being used for trade, display, for cultural purposes in temples, and for festivals where these animals are slaughtered for spectacle and for cultural aggrandizement. The Protection of endangered species from being hunted for commerce and sport. The Protection of animals from being the object of spectator sports wherein one or more animals are harmed. The Right of animals not to be used in laboratory experiments. The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population. The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court according to the judicial system of the member country.

Signed,

Signed,

Wende Young

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UN Chapter I, Article 1.3 states, the purpose of the UN is "[t]o achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character,...

UN Chapter I, Article 1.3 states, the purpose of the UN is "[t]o achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion". While human rights and "fundamental freedoms" are upheld and addressed as an international concern, there are no provisions for animal rights and animal freedoms. Animals, especially companion animals are boiled alive, skinned alive, set on fire, and slowly decapitated. In addition, companion animals are eaten in some countries. While there are no cruel experiments performed on humans, cannibalism is regarded with disgust, and people, even corporations, have their legal interests represented in court, animals who cannot speak for themselves have none of these things. None. I believe that animals, like all sentient beings, are entitled to basic legal rights. Without legal protection, animals are defenseless against exploitation and abuse by humans. We the undersigned urge you to add a chapter to the UN Charter, or to revise Chapter IX, Article 55 in support of the following basic rights and protections for animals: The Right of animals to be free from exploitation, cruelty, neglect, and abuse, including sexual exploitation and abuse. The Right of farmed animals to an environment that satisfies their basic physical and psychological needs.  The Right of companion animals to a healthy diet, protective shelter, and adequate medical care. The Protection of domesticated and companion animals, including stray and feral animals, from becoming a human food source. The Protection of wildlife, or species of recent wildlife origin born or brought into captivity, from being used for trade, display, for cultural purposes in temples, and for festivals where these animals are slaughtered for spectacle and for cultural aggrandizement. The Protection of endangered species from being hunted for commerce and sport. The Protection of animals from being the object of spectator sports wherein one or more animals are harmed. The Right of animals not to be used in laboratory experiments. The Right of wildlife to a natural habitat, ecologically sufficient to a normal existence and self-sustaining species population. The Right of animals to have their interests represented in court according to the judicial system of the member country. Ref: Some of the language and most of the Rights have been taken from the ALDF's Animal Bill of Rights (USA).  Written in collaboration with Nisha Mohammed.

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