Animal Welfare on the Farm - Broilers
Council Directive 2007/43/CE of 28 June 2007 lays down minimum rules for the protection of chickens kept for meat production. It aims to reduce the overcrowding of chicken holdings by setting a maximum stocking density and ensure better animal welfare by specifying requirements such as lighting, litter, feeding, and ventilation.
This was the first time that 'Welfare Indicators' were included in animal welfare legislation as a means of scientific assessment.
For full details please refer to the directive.
The legislation came in response to a Commission proposal which was based on extensive consultations with stakeholders and Member State experts and the scientific opinion of the Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare (The responsibility for such opinions now lies with EFSA.)