Global animal welfare legislation

Animal welfare can be safeguarded if robust legislation is adopted and enforced around the world which ensures the protection of animals into the future. When countries enact such documents it is recognition that promoting good animal welfare is important for fostering a caring society which prohibits any kind of cruelty or neglect to a living being. Over the last couple of years, WSPA has been undertaking an ambitious research project to identify the legal status of selected animal welfare concerns across every country around the world. The findings enable us to compare the ‘state’ of national legislation in relation to key animal welfare indicators, to determine which countries have more robust laws and see where others are not providing adequate legislative protection for the animals in their country. To view the full detail of the data click on any of the answers and a pop up window will display further information.