Brussels: trade and animal welfare conference
A conference showing the benefits higher standards for
animal welfare have to offer to international trade will take place in Brussels
from 20-21 January 2009.
The Conference on Global Trade and Farm Animal Welfare
will bring together anyone from farmers, retailers, politicians, academics,
international institutions and animal welfare organisations to present positive
experiences of inclusion of animal welfare in the trade environment.
This event, which follows a forum held in Brussels last April, is being
organised by the Directorate-General for External Trade and the
Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission,
together with Eurogroup for Animals, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals, Compassion in World Farming, and World Society for the Protection of
Scientists have linked higher standards for animal welfare to
improved food safety and better food. Worldwide there is also a growing demand
for high welfare products which farmers and retailers can sell at an increased
profit margin. The link between animal welfare and development is increasingly
being recognised by institutions such as the World Bank's International Finance
Corporation and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture
Adolfo Sansolini, trade policy advisor for RSPCA,
Compassion in World Farming, Eurogroup for Animals and WSPA, commented:
"Farmers, retailers and governments have got a lot to gain by working together
on animal welfare. Business opportunities don't stop at the border."
standards for animal welfare are a chance to tap into a continuously growing
market, he said, adding that consumers are becoming increasingly interested in
how their food is being produced. "Animal welfare is no longer only a just
cause, but also a trade opportunity that should not be missed."
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