“世界动物福利宣言”（UDAW）旨在改善国际上的动物福利。 UDAW的作者希望联合国通过该宣言，该宣言指出动物福利很重要，应该得到尊重。他们希望通过这样做，联合国将激励世界各国尽其所能改善动物的治疗方式。一个叫做世界动物保护组织（WAP）的非营利动物福利组织于2000年撰写了“世界动物福利宣言”初稿.WAP希望到2020年将该文件提交给联合国，或者如果他们觉得有足够的预先提交 – 签署国家的强烈支持。如果颁布，各国将同意在其政策制定中考虑动物福利，并努力改善其国家的动物保健状况。 “[WAP]有这样的想法，我们应该推动宣言，就你所宣传的人权，儿童保护问题的宣言，[宣布这种雄心勃勃的观点]所说的那样，”里卡多法哈多说。 ，WAP的对外事务负责人。 “正如我们今天所说的那样，没有一种国际动物保护工具，所以这正是我们对UDAW的要求。”与其他联合国决议非常相似，UDAW是签署者可以采用的一种非约束性，一般措辞的价值观。签署“巴黎协定”的国家尽其所能保护环境，签署“儿童权利公约”的国家同意试图保护儿童。同样，UDAW的签署方同意尽其所能保护各自国家的动物福利。
The Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare, or UDAW, intends to improve animal welfare internationally. The writers of UDAW hope that the United Nations will adopt the declaration, which states that animal welfare is important and should be respected. They hope that by doing so, the United Nations will inspire countries around the world to do what they can to improve how animals are treated. A nonprofit animal welfare group called World Animal Protection, or WAP, wrote the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Animal Welfare in 2000. WAP is hoping to present the document to the United Nations by 2020, or sooner if they feel they have enough pre-emptive support from signing nations. If enacted, countries would agree to consider animal welfare in their policy-making and to make an effort to improve the state of animal care in their countries. “[WAP] had this idea that we should be pushing for declaration in the same sense of what you have for a declaration of human rights, the declaration of child protection issues, [declarations with] that type of ambitious view,” said Ricardo Fajardo, head of external affairs at WAP. “There isn’t, as we stand today, an international instrument for animal protection, so that’s exactly what we wanted with the UDAW.” Much like other United Nations resolutions, the UDAW is a nonbinding, generically-worded set of values that signatories can adopt. Nations that sign the Paris Agreement to do what they can to protect the environment, and nations that sign the Conventions on the Rights of the Child agree to try to protect children. In the same way, signatories of UDAW agree to do what they can to protect animal welfare in their respective countries.