Agriculture and rural development

Animal welfare

Animal welfare

Glossary
Animal welfare

This means the well-being of farm animals. European Union rules specify that animals should enjoy the following freedoms: freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, freedom to express normal behaviour and freedom from fear and distress. Other things being equal, the fact that farmers are obliged to respect these standards when rearing animals means that the cost of producing milk, meat and other animal products in the European Union is higher than in countries where such standards do not apply.