Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare
The Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare was prepared on the basis of the 1999 Code of Ethics and the 2002 Code of Animal Welfare. It was adopted at the 58th Annual Conference of WAZA on 19 November 2003 in San José (Costa Rica).
- Assisting in achieving the conservation and survival of species must be the aim of all members of the profession. Any actions taken in relation to an individual animal, e.g. euthanasia or contraception, must be undertaken
with this higher ideal of species survival in mind, but the welfare of the
individual animal should not be compromised.
- Promote the interests of wildlife conservation, biodiversity and animal
welfare to colleagues and to society at large.
- Co-operate with the wider conservation community including wildlife agencies, conservation organisations and research institutions to assist in maintaining global biodiversity.
- Co-operate with governments and other appropriate bodies to improve
standards of animal welfare and ensure the welfare of all animals in our
- Encourage research and dissemination of achievements and results in
appropriate publications and forums.
- Deal fairly with members in the dissemination of professional information
- Promote public education programmes and cultural recreational activities of zoos and aquariums.
- Work progressively towards achieving all professional guidelines
established by the WAZA.
Please click on the below link to download the Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare in one of the two languages available (70 KB each):
The Ethical Guidelines for the Conduct of Research on Animals by Zoos and Aquariums, adopted at the 60th Annual Conference of WAZA on 6 October 2005 in New York (USA), are available for download here (200 KB; incl. Japanese translation).
Statements – Euthanasia of tiger cubs
- Statement on behalf of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in reference to the recent conviction of staff of Zoo Magdeburg for the management euthanasia of three hybrid tigers
- Statement on behalf of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the EAZA conservation breeding programme for tigers (the Tiger EEP) in reference to the recent conviction of staff of Zoo Magdeburg for the management euthanasia of three hybrid tigers
- Statement on behalf of the IUCN Species Survival Commission in reference to the recent conviction of staff of Zoo Magdeburg for the management euthanasia of three hybrid tigers
Statement – Euthanasia of giraffe
Statement – Zoos in need of help
Statements – Dolphin capture