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Animal Health and Animal Welfare

Our objective is to protect and raise the health status and condition of animals in the Community, in particular food-producing animals, whilst permitting intra-Community trade and imports of animals and animal products in accordance with the appropriate health standards and international obligations.

In 2013, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a single, comprehensive animal health law to replace the complicated animal health rules currently in place.
Learn about the proposal

Preventive health measures on intra-community trade and imports of:

Community legislation on animal diseases:

Other activities:

Expert group on Animal Health: Read


The European Commission's activities in this area start with the recognition that animals are sentient beings. The general aim is to ensure that animals need not endure avoidable pain or suffering and obliges the owner/keeper of animals to respect minimum welfare requirements.


EU legislation on the protection of animals

Related international issues

Other activities: implementation control of legislation or scientific advice

Expert Group on Animal welfare: Read


Satisfactory results in animal production depend to a large extent on the use of domestic animals of high genetic quality. The Community's zootechnical legislation aims at the promotion of free trade in breeding animals and their genetic material considering the sustainability of breeding programs and preservation of genetic resources.

Zootechnics issues