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Animal Health and Welfare (26-03-2008)

International conference in China discusses animal welfare

In an effort to encourage the introduction of measures to protect the health and welfare of farm animals, the European Commission supports an international conference taking place in on March 29 and 30.

The International Forum "The Importance of Animal Welfare Science to Sustainable Agriculture" is jointly organised by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and the Humane Society International (HIS). The Rural Development Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) hosts the event in Beijing . The conference will bring together leading scientists and academics from Europe, North America and as well as delegates from International Organisations to discuss the implications of farm animal welfare science to sustainable agriculture and society.

The Commission supports the conference in accordance with the aim of the Community Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2006-2010 to promote international initiatives that will raise awareness about animal welfare.