Europe seeks animal welfare standards

by Editor
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A conference on “Global Trade and Farm Animal Welfare” took place in January in Brussels, organised by the European Commission together with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Eurogroup for Animals, Compassion In World Farming and the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

The conference’s aim was to raise awareness of animal welfare issues globally by bringing together representatives from all continents, to discuss positive experiences of the inclusion of animal welfare in relation to trade. The conference also wanted to form part of the efforts of the Commission to catalyse stakeholders and international organisations into supporting and promoting higher animal welfare standards.

Commissioner in charge of Health, Androulla Vassiliou, said that improvements in animal welfare can play a major role in improving livestock related livelihood and therefore the welfare of people globally, particularly in countries with emerging economies. She also remembered that the Commission has been actively promoting animal welfare issues, but adds that no concrete improvements are possible without international engagement and partnerships.