OIE to host second Conference on Animal Welfare

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, October 15, 2007

400 participants from all over the world will gather for the second OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare 2008.

According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)) this conference will take place from 20 to 22 October 2008 in Cairo, Egypt.

OIE Director General Dr. Bernard Vallat said that this would be the first time a developing country would host a high-level international conference on animal welfare, a strong gesture that demonstrates a growing grasp of the high stakes attached to animal welfare practices worldwide, and not only in developed countries.

Aiming to implement its science-based animal welfare standards worldwide, OIE and partner organisations will review progress made by countries, the world veterinary community and livestock industries in the fields of sea, air and land transport of livestock, livestock slaughter for human consumption and killing for disease control.

The conference will bring together veterinary experts, government representatives, livestock industries officials and non-governmental organisations with the goal of raising the profile of animal welfare throughout the food production chain.

Among others working sessions will raise awareness of OIE animal welfare standards, provide practical information and technical support for enacting national legislation, encourage national veterinary services to take more responsibility for animal welfare, strengthen approaches to teaching animal welfare practices in veterinary and agriculture facilities and discuss and define research priorities to support standard setting and implementation.
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