World Animal Justice : For ‘Crimes against Animality’ to be recognized in International law

WAJ Vision: A World where Justice exists for Animals

For 'Crimes against Animality' to be recognized in International law

“ Massive Crimes against Animality still legally happen everyday worldwide.
Existing laws are not enough to protect animal rights to live, be free and not be harmed.
It is time to go further for animals. It is time for the legal paradigm shift.
It is time for World Animal Justice. ”
Dr Sabine BRELS WAJ Initiator
Dr Sabine BRELS
WAJ Initiator

What is World Animal Justice?

World Animal Justice (WAJ) is dedicated to advance animal justice worldwide.

WAJ unique group of international animal law experts is wotking to End Animal Crimes & Defend Animal Rights.
WAJ is paving the way for ‘Crimes against animality’ to be recognized and ultimately forbidden in international law, such as ‘crimes against humanity’ are already and ‘crimes against environment’ are progressing in this sense.

  • WAJ is engaged in developing new law proposals and tools to share knowledge and comparative analysis.
  • WAJ aims to provide an global platform to international criminal-animal law academics and advocates.
  • From theory to practice, our proposals are based on a solid expertise and translated into concrete actions.
  • WAJ is dedicated to combat animal crimes with laws at National, Regional and International/UNiversal levels.

Why do we need World Animal Justice ? 

2/3 of the world’s countries have enforced national laws to condemn a wide range of cruel acts towards animals.
However, there is NO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW INSTRUMENT addressing and banning animal cruelty.
World Animal Justice actions aim to fill this GAP in order to ask for Global Animal Protection in international law. Last but not least
, WAJ stands that the worst cruel criminal acts against animals need to be globally banned. Animals are sentient beings. Their welfare and fundamental rights should be legally respected, internationally.


WAJ mission End animal crimes & Defend animal rights

WAJ Goals


WAJ aims at making « crimes against animality » recognized and ultimately forbidden in international law.

« Crimes against animality » can be defined by analogy with the « Crimes against humanity » that are listed under the Art. 7 of the Rome Statute defining the Crimes against humanity as such: Extermination; Enslavement; Deportation or forcible transfer of population; Imprisonment ; Torture; Sexual violences; Persecution etc.

Similar crimes happens for millions of animals everyday, in a legal way for exploited animals.

WAJ asks for these crimes against animality (farmed, wild, stray, lab animals etc.) to be acknowledged as to protect the lives of billions of animals to be saved every year worldwide.

WAJ is advocating for the fundamental animal rights to be legally enshrined and protected in UNiversal law.

Similarly to humans, animals have the fundamental interests to live, to be free and not to be harmed.
WAJ asks for these fundamental intests to be legally protected at the global level, such as the « human rights » are protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948).

By analogy, a text for the universal recognition of animal rights can include similar recognition of the Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security » (UDHR, art.3); « Freedom from Slavery » (UDHR, art.4); « Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment » (UDHR, art.5). See the proposal for a Universal Declaration of Animal Rights proclaimed at UNESCO in 1978.

WAJ Actions  

. Go FAR: For Animal Rights

For the global legal protection of animals rights to live, to be free, not to be harmed.


. Take ACTION: Animal Crimes Time is Over Now

For Crimes against animals to be recognized and forbidden in international law.

WAJ Strategy: From theory to practice

Provide a solid definition and theory of the ‘crimes against animality’ in international law

Set up concrete actions for ‘crimes against animality’ to be recognized and progressively forbidden in international law.