This text has been drawn up by La Ligue Internationale des Droits de l'Animal.
Paris, 15 October 1978
All animal life born is entitled to a dignified animal existence.
Humans may not assume the right to exterminate other animals or to exploit or abuse them in any inhuman manner whatsoever. It is the obligation of humans to put their knowledge to use for the welfare of the animal.
No animal may be subjected to cruelty or ill treatment.
All wild animals have the right to freedom in their natural environment, whether that is land, air or sea.
Animals who, throughout time, have lived in a human environment (such as agricultural pets) have the right to live and develop at their own pace, in adapted living conditions.
To abandon an animal is a cruel and despicable act.
All animals kept for sport (such as homing pigeon and equestrian sports) have the right to reasonable limitation of the duration and intensity of their work (doping), and also to the required amount of nourishment and rest.
Animal experiments which lead to physical or psychological suffering, are not in keeping with animal rights, whether or not the research is of a scientific, medical, commercial or any other nature.
Animals that are used for the food industry need to be bred, transported, kept and killed without any suffering whatsoever (such as abattoirs and vivisection).
No animal may be exploited for the amusement of humans (circus).
Each mass killing of wild animals is genocide, i.e. a crime against the species. Contamination of the natural environment leads to genocide.
Dead animals should not be processed to form animal fodder, but should be either buried or cremated. Violent scenes, involving animals, should not be shown in films and on television (wild west), except when for educational purposes.
Representatives of animal rights movements should have the right to a say at all government levels.
End of proclamation.