“Putting the OIE Standards to Work”
The Second OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare,
held in Cairo, Egypt (20-22 October) rallied support from all OIE Members and
partners for worldwide implementation of animal welfare standards worldwide and
assistance for developing countries in this field.
“The Conference has reviewed the state of animal welfare legislation and
practices worldwide and has identified specific challenges in several regions
and countries. There is already a strong consensus in support of OIE animal
welfare standards, but more action is needed globally to improve their effective
implementation,” Director General of the OIE, Dr Bernard Vallat, said.
This view is supported by a World Bank study on “Livestock and Slaughter
Waste Management”, which found that animal welfare practices in markets,
transport and abattoirs are generally absent from national legislation in many
countries. According to the study, animal welfare controls are also missing, in
part due to a lack of knowledge on the issue and of public resources.
addition to reviewing the state of the implementation of existing OIE animal
welfare standards for the transport of livestock by land, sea and air, the
slaughter of animals for human consumption and the killing of animals for
disease control purposes, the Conference set the scene for future development of
standards and priorities on scientific research.
Over 400 participants,
including OIE national Delegates and national animal welfare focal points, Deans
of veterinary faculties, heads of national animal welfare research institutes ,
representatives of partner i nternational organisations , regulatory officials,
and representatives of international organisations, non-governmental and
farmers' organisations, asserted the need for the development of additional OIE
standards and scientific research in animal welfare.
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