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Farm animal welfare

Funded under: FP6-FOOD


Recent food scares in Europe have increased consumer concern about what they eat and how it has been produced. The public’s demand for safe animal products produced in an ethical way has put the issue of animal welfare firmly on the political agenda. This is especially the case for the intensive methods of farming, such as the production of eggs in battery cages and the rearing of pigs and veal calves.
The Treaty of Amsterdam made it an obligation that the European Communities should take full account of animal welfare when determining policies. Animal welfare and consumer bodies rightly take a close interest in policies formulated by the European institutions, and several umbrella bodies, supported by counterpart organisations in the Member States, have been established in Brussels. As the European Commission’s Research Directorate-General finds itself preparing for a new Framework Programme to run from 2002 to 2006, the time is ripe to examine how research can advance the welfare of livestock.
This publication reports on a seminar held in Brussels on the 23 April 2002. The meeting was organised in order to examine the support the European Union has given to research projects in livestock welfare and to suggest how research can support EU policy in the future. Thirty-four external experts with a broad range of experience in livestock welfare met with the Commission services to hear about current EU policies in research and livestock welfare and to listen to a series of presentations on Commission-funded projects. The participants then discussed how well this research addresses EU policy and how research should address - and help formulate - policy in the future. The work presented at that seminar, and the ensuing discussion, is recorded here.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2002. 32 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-44-02-440-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3817-7
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