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Animal Health and Welfare (30-04-2010)

Animal welfare: An added value for the wool industry

The European Commission, together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO), will co-organise a conference on "Environment and Animal Welfare", during the 79th Congress of the IWTO, which will be held in Paris and Rambouillet, May 3-5 2010.

While globalisation is revolutionising international trade, public concerns on the sustainability of certain animal production practices, backed-up by a growing body of scientific findings, are growing.

The conference aims to raise awareness on appropriate actions needed to be taken by the wool industry in relation to environmental and animal welfare issues and to promote the consideration of these concerns as an added value to trade. It will take place on May 4, chaired by Mr Petrus De Vet, President of the National wool growers of South Africa and will be attended by major stakeholders from the wool sector, wool growers and traders, representatives of European institutions and international associations.

It is the first time that IWTO is approaching the issue of animal welfare during its annual Congress in the presence of the European Commission. This fact indicates that animal welfare standards are starting to have a significant impact in the wool industry worldwide.

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