Now the WELFARE QUALITY project is responding to consumers’ wishes by developing tools to assess the animal welfare status of a range of farmed animals and make this information available to consumers.
It brings together 44 partners from 17 countries, including 13 EU Member States. The partners include scientists specialising in animal science and behaviour, sociology and philosophy as well as experts from the fields of farming and genetics.
The project has already shed new light on consumer attitudes to animal welfare and is developing detailed strategies to improve farm animals’ quality of life. It also aims to develop easily understandable product information systems, so that consumers interested in the welfare of farm animals can make an informed choice about what they buy.
The researchers do not restrict their activities to the farm; for example they are investigating animal welfare issues at slaughterhouses. They are also working closely with stakeholders from all stages of the food chain, including farmers, processors, retailers, the food service sector, academia, government authorities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Furthermore, the participation of project partners from countries as diverse as Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Uruguay will ensure that European farm animals will not be the only ones to benefit from the project.
To advance the aims of the project, the European Animal Welfare Platform was established. This brings together a wide range of stakeholders in the food industry and is committed to improving farm animal welfare and supporting the implementation of the WELFARE QUALITY findings.READ MORE