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Animal Health and Welfare (15-02-2008)

Global Trade and Farm Animal Welfare

The rules of international trade can have an immense impact on animal welfare, and mostly on the welfare of farmed animals.
The development of trade agreements can either undermine important legislative achievements, or offer relevant opportunities to promote animal welfare legislation and standards at the international level. Similarly, legislation approved by single countries and policies adopted by either farmers or retailers can have a major impact on the way farm animals are treated.
The European Commission (DG SANCO and DG TRADE) together with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Eurogroup for Animals, Compassion In World Farming and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), have decided to organize an International Forum on Global Aspects of Farm Animal Welfare on 22-23 April 2008 and a Conference on Global Trade and Farm Animal Welfare on 20-21 January 2009.
The aim of these events is to bring together different constituents from all continents, who will present and discuss positive experiences of inclusion of animal welfare in the trade environment.
Through exchange and sharing of concrete case studies, the Forum and Conference should prepare the ground for and facilitate the adoption of similar policies worldwide.
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