Livestock Keepers' Rights
Leaders of Traditional Livestock and Pastoral Communities, government
representatives, Civil Society Organizations with a focus on livestock genetic
resources, academics and livestock researchers met in Karen, Kenya from 27 - 30
They issued a statement as follows:
We call on governments and relevant international bodies to commit themselves
to the formal recognition of the historical and current contribution of
pastoralists and pastoralism to food and livelihood security, environmental
services and domestic animal diversity.
We also demand that they
recognise the contributions of pastoralists and other livestock keepers, over
millennia, to the conservation and sustainable use of animal genetic resources
for food and agriculture including associated species
and the genes they contain (AnGRFA).
Furthermore, we insist that
there is international legally-binding recognition of inalienable Livestock
Keepers Rights and the Rights of their communities to:
·continue to use their knowledge
concerning the conservation and sustainable use of AnGRFA, without fears of its
·participate democratically in
making decisions on matters related to the conservation and sustainable use of
·access, save, use, exchange, sell
their AnGRFA, unrestricted by Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and
[modification through] genetic engineering tech-nologies that we believe will
disrupt the integrity of these genetic resources
·have their breeds recognised as
products of their communities and Indigenous Knowledge and therefore remain in
the public domain
·benefit equitably from the use of
AnGRFA in their own communities and by others.
on the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) to start negotiating
such a legally-binding agreement, without delay, ensuring that it will be in
harmony with the Convention on Biological Diversity.
further call on the FAO to develop a Global Plan for the conservation and
sustainable use of AnGRFA by pastoralists, other livestock keeping communities
and relevant public institutions.
we insist that AnGRFA be excluded from Intellectual Property Rights claims and
that there should be a moratorium on the release of genetically-modified
livestock until bio-safety is proven, in accordance with the Precautionary
Principle. We call on relevant institutions concerned with food, agriculture,
trade, intellectual property and animal research to provide assurances and such
legal protection as is necessary to sustain the free flow and integrity of
AnGRFA, vital to global food security and the environment.
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