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The content of the documents does not necessarily represent the official position of the European Commission. The EU Platform on Animal Welfare only endorsed the English version of the documents. Other languages only serve for informational purposes.

The Platform adopts conclusions elaborated by its working groups according to Article 7.6 of the Commission Decision of 24 January 2017 establishing the Platform. The following documents aim to improve the welfare of various animal species in the EU.

Subgroup on animal welfare labelling

The Platform thanks the members of the subgroup on animal welfare labelling for their work and invites the Commission to consider the conclusions of the subgroup for further EU activities on this matter.

Subgroup on transport

The Platform thanks and acknowledges the work of the members of the subgroup. The subgroup has produced a number of relevant documents on “exports of cattle” and on “extreme temperatures” and the Platform invites its members to disseminate the recommendations of the documents and take actions in line with the documents and proposals. These should contribute to improve the welfare of animals and to better enforce the EU legislation on animal transport. In relation to the document on “unweaned animals (calves)” produced by the subgroup, the platform acknowledges that it contributes substantially to progress on the issue, but further dialogue is necessary before recommending its dissemination and use.

Exports of cattle

Extreme temperatures

Subgroup on welfare of pigs

The Platform thanks and acknowledges the work of the members of the subgroup. The subgroup has provided targeted proposals for assisting in the development of indicators for tail-biting risks. The Platform invites the EU Reference Centre on animal welfare for pigs to consider the document “Indicators for tail biting risks relating to compliance criteria on health, dietary factors and space and competition” within the framework of its Work Programme for the future. The Platform invites its members to use this proposal, to develop it further in their research frameworks, and in proposals to strengthen official controls using animal welfare indicators. In relation to the document “Measuring tail damage at the slaughterhouse and setting common thresholds” produced by the subgroup, the platform acknowledges the principle but dialogue on the technical details is necessary before recommending its dissemination and use.

Voluntary initiative on responsible ownership and care of equidae

The Platform thanks and acknowledges the work of the members of the voluntary initiative. The working group concludes that the following documents should be promoted in order to improve the welfare of equidae in the EU: Guide to good animal welfare practices for the keeping, care, training and use of horses.

The Platform acknowledges the work of the voluntary initiative members and concludes that the following document should be promoted by all Platform members in order to improve the welfare of donkeys and donkey hybrids in the EU: Guide to good animal welfare practice for the keeping, care, training and use of donkeys and donkey hybrids.

Voluntary initiative on the health and welfare of pets (dogs) in trade

The Platform acknowledges the work of the voluntary initiative members and concludes that the following documents should be promoted by all Platform members in order to improve the health and welfare of dogs in the EU trade:

Infographs and accompanying leaflets for buyers of dogs and for online platforms:

Voluntary initiative on the welfare of fish

The Platform acknowledges the work of the voluntary initiative members and concludes that the following document should be promoted by all Platform members in order to improve the welfare of fish in the EU: Guidelines on Water Quality and Handling for the Welfare of Farmed Vertebrate Fish.

Voluntary initiative on the welfare of pullets

The Platform thanks and acknowledges the work of the members of the voluntary initiative on the welfare of pullets. The working group concludes that the “Guide on best management practice for the welfare of pullets” should be promoted in order to improve the welfare of pullets in the EU: