Code d’ éthique et de bien-être animal

Ce document a été préparé sur la base du Code d'éthique de 1999 et le Code de bien-être animal de 2002. Il a été adopté lors de la séance administrative restreinte   de la 58ème Réunion annuelle, qui a eu lieu le 19 Novembre 2003 à 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 anindividual 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
    and advice.
  • 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 Zoos in need of help


Statement Dolphin capture

General principles and practice with particular reference to dolphin capture development