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Notice given 23 June 2003

490  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Bartlett): To move—That the Senate—

(a)   notes that the recent Inter-Governmental Conference, hosted by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in Manila from 25 to 26 March 2003, agreed to support an international declaration for the welfare of animals, based on four basic principles, and is seeking the support of governments worldwide for this declaration;

(b) notes that the four principles are:

(i) the welfare of animals shall be a common objective for all nations,

(ii) the standards of animal welfare attained by each nation shall be promoted, recognised and observed by improved measures, nationally and internationally, respecting social and economic considerations and religious and cultural traditions,

(iii) all appropriate steps shall be taken by nations to prevent cruelty to animals and to reduce their suffering, and

(iv) appropriate standards on the welfare of animals be further developed and elaborated, including, but not limited to, those governing the use and management of farm animals, companion animals, animals in scientific research, wildlife animals and animals in recreation; and

(c) calls on the Australian Government to support the declaration agreed to at the recent Manila Inter-Governmental Conference.