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The II European Animal Welfare Symposium highlights the opportunity represented by accredited certifications in the face of upcoming regulatory changes

The Spanish interprofessional association representing the beef industry, PROVACUNO, and two interprofessional associations representing the sheep and goat meat industry, JTT in Hungary and INTEROVIC in Spain, organised a symposium in Brussels within the framework of the programme to promote “European Animal Welfare”, co-financed with European funds.

Text Box: From left to right: Tomás Rodríguez and Raúl Muñiz, managing director and president of Interovic, respectively; Andrea Gavinelli, head of the Unit SANTE G3: Animal Welfare; Sandor Kukovics, managing director of JTT; and Javier López, managing director of Provacuno..  The meeting was attended by international representatives from different institutional, academic, associative and productive sectors, as well as members from different links in the chain.

The organisers were delighted with the success of this event and the turnout it attracted. More than 730 people registered, taking part both online and in person, from more than 25 nationalities represented by official organisations, companies, associations, cooperatives, non-profit organisations, technicians, researchers, and interprofessional associations as well as experts and members of the permanent representations of several Member States of the European Union.

This one-day event featured three round-table discussion panels with experts from the World Organisation of Animal Health (WOAH), the European Animal welfare Platform, the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), COPA-COGECA, UECBV, Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali (CRPA), Bureau Veritas, Textile Exchange, ICF Consulting, ASEDAS, The Liaison Centre for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union (CLITRAVI), the Spanish Society for Animal Protection and Welfare (SEPROBA) and the SANTE G3: ANIMAL WELFARE Unit.

During these discussions, moderated by the industry journalist Andrea Bertaglio, the experts had the opportunity to share ideas, exchange opinions and join forces to try and reconcile the wishes and aspirations of citizens with the maximum guarantees and reliability that certifications in Animal Welfare can offer.

For Raúl Muñiz, president of Interovic, this Symposium has generated “very important reflections on European animal welfare and how there is still room for improvement, but all this must be accompanied by the commitment and recognition of the consumer through their consumption choices, otherwise, the difficulty of transferring the costs associated with new Animal Welfare requirements  jeopardises the continuity and viability of the sector.”

Javier López, managing director of Provacuno, wanted to highlight the importance of promotion programmes co-financed with European funds, which have become “an essential tool to inform about the reality of a sector committed to animal welfare, environmental sustainability and social and territorial cohesion in Europe.” In addition, López stressed “these European promotion programmes allow us to organise high quality symposiums on a large scale, such as the one held in Brussels, and their continuity is vital for the European meat sector.

For his part, the managing director of JTT, Sandor Kukóvikcs, called for “greater efforts to make European citizens recognise and understand the effort involved in producing the safest, highest quality food products that lead the world in terms of respecting animal welfare”. He also requested that the new rules be “capable of responding to everyone, consumers and producers”, without forgetting the difficulties that this entails for the sector and the effort that it has to make every day.

A European event with a vision of international openness and dialogue. 

The event included three roundtable discussions during which interesting conclusions were reached for the future of animal welfare in the sector, not only in the European Union, but also in terms of their transfer and adaptation to third countries.

During the first discussion, the experts analysed the current animal welfare situation and provided their vision of the efforts being made around the world to contribute to its improvement, arguing the importance of interconnections between countries, interprofessional associations and legislators to promote animal welfare, whilst highlighting the need for the consumer to value the effort and passion contributed every day by farmers as well.

During the second discussion, which tackled the importance of accredited certification and the need to reconcile and interconnect science and production to an even greater degree, the head of the Animal Welfare unit SANTE.G.3, Andrea Gavinelli, made a commitment to dialogue and to the need to harmonise in order to achieve appropriate and effective legislation that reconciles the views of the different parties involved.

The third and final roundtable discussion of the day concluded by analysing the relationship between the consumer, animal welfare and production, and how accredited certifications can reconcile all interested parties and do so globally, as is the case with the Textile Exchange certification, which opened this last debate at the Symposium.

“Labelling is a solution” for the consumer.

The day’s proceedings were brought to a close by Ms. Joanna Stawowy, cabinet member of the European commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, who advocated a “political exercise” in the coming years to improve the current state of the sector and promote such events. “We have an opportunity for dialogue between all parties,” she concluded. 

The organisers of the Symposium stated that in the coming days a recording of the day will be made available on the event page. For more information, go to

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The II European Animal Welfare Symposium will feature prominent representatives of the public and private sectors from throughout Europe

The Spanish interprofessional association for the beef industry, PROVACUNO, and two interprofessional associations representing the sheep and goat meat industry, JTT in Hungary and INTEROVIC in Spain, have announced today the programme for the II European Animal Welfare Symposium, which will take place at Sparks Meeting in Brussels on 20 September, from 9am to 4pm. The meeting, with free registration, will also be streamed, with simultaneous translation.

This extensive event features participants from leading organisations and institutions to achieve advances that lead to the maximum guarantees in animal welfare.

From 9.30 am onwards, after the institutional welcome, there will be three roundtable discussions after each of which members of the audience, attending in person and online, will be able to ask the speakers questions and discuss the issues raised.

The first roundtable discussion is entitled “Analysing the Animal Welfare Situation” and features Dr Estelle Hamelin, from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), Miguel Ángel Higuera, from the European Platform for Animal Welfare, Carolina Cucurella, from UECBV, and Inés Ajuda from the Eurogroup For Animals, who will talk about the current situation in Europe with regard to animal welfare.

During the second roundtable discussion, entitled “From science to the table by way of certification”, Andrea Gavinelli, from Animal Welfare SANTE.G.3m, Paolo Ferrari, from the Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animal (CRPA), Laura Boyle, from the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), and Laura Godoy, from Bureau Veritas, will be discussing different ways to guarantee livestock welfare including accredited certification.

Finally, in the third roundtable discussion, Claudio Sala, from Textile Exchange, Mar Maestre from ICF CONSULTING, Felipe Medina, from the Spanish Association of Distributors, Self-Services and Supermarkets (ASEDAS), and Luis Fernando Gosálvez, from SEPROBA, will analyse the relationship between the consumer and animal welfare: what animal welfare brings to the consumer and how the consumer can contribute to the promotion of animal welfare.

The day’s proceedings will be brought to a close by Ms. Joanna Stawowy, cabinet member of the European commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski.

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Brussels will the host of the 2nd European Animal Welfare Symposium

If Madrid hosted the 1st International Technical Symposium on European Animal Welfare in November 2022, marking a milestone in the history of the sector at European level, Brussels will be the host city for the 2nd Symposium on 20 September. A unique meeting that will serve to learn about the main advances in the welfare of our livestock farms.

Why will the 2nd European Animal Welfare Symposium be held in Brussels?

Because the organisers of the event, the Spanish beef interprofessional, PROVACUNO, and the Hungarian and Spanish sheep meat interprofessionals, JTT and INTEROVIC, have decided to hold the event in one of the major European capitals, the headquarters of numerous EU bodies, in order to send out the message that they are committed to the welfare of their livestock farms.

As in the first edition, the event will last one day and, during it, the great connoisseurs and experts on welfare at European level, such as scientists, technicians, producers, certifiers, livestock farmers and different stakeholders in the production chain, will be able to exchange knowledge and impressions on the latest trends on a growing and necessary subject, both in the sector and in society in general.

What is the aim of the Symposium?

Above all, the event aims to give visibility to the various developments that are taking place throughout Europe, with improvements of all kinds, and also to address the new European legislation, which is expected to be approved in the remainder of the year.

The event will also serve to launch at European level the new B+ European Animal Welfare Commitment seal, an accredited seal that guarantees that the final product, the meat that reaches the consumer, is fully guaranteed to meet unique quality and animal welfare parameters.

Who will be attending the Symposium?

Representatives from some of the main international organisations have already been confirmed for the event, such as the Spanish Society for the Protection of Animals (SEPROBA), which will be the scientific director of the event, as well as DG SANTE, COPA-COGECA, EFSA, UECBV, Eurogroup For Animals, European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), ICF CONSULTING and Textile Exchange, which guarantees the success of the event.

The venue will be the Sparks Meeting in Brussels, although it will be available online and simultaneous translation will be provided for attendees.

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SEPROBA, INTEROVIC AND PROVACUNO reveal the results of their successful animal welfare survey of the sector.

The Spanish Society for the Protection and Welfare of Animals, SEPROBA, has made public the results of an opinion survey carried out among agents in the ruminant meat production sector, in which Spanish consumers show a high level of interest in everything related to animal welfare in the livestock meat production sector. 

This study, carried out by SEPROBA on a total of more than 256 technicians of the sector (67% male), was already advanced last November during the celebration of the I Symposium on Animal Welfare, organised by the beef interprofessional, PROVACUNO, and the interprofessional of sheep meat in Hungary, JTT, and in Spain, INTEROVIC, within the European Animal Welfare programme, co-financed by funds from the European Commission.

The information collected aims to define the position of livestock sector agents regarding the quality of life with which animals are reared on the farms, as well as to find out what resources are used to keep the consumer informed. The survey, made up of 12 questions, gathers different opinions on the importance of guaranteeing animal welfare to farm animals, taking into account factors such as the facilities used, the messages that are being transmitted to society or the importance of practising this type of animal care for animal health. 

The importance of animal welfare gets the highest rating in the survey
The results show that the importance of animal welfare and the relationship that this practice has with improving the health of ruminants is highly valued. The conclusion drawn from the survey is that animal welfare is of great social interest and the demand for animal welfare is prioritised for farming rather than philosophical reasons, as stated by people involved in the sector. 

The study also reveals that people outside the sector show a high level of interest in the guarantees offered by accreditation, estimating the benefits of a seal accredited in Spain by ENAC, the National Accreditation Entity in Spain.

In this sense, both SEPROBA and PROVACUNO and INTEROVIC agree on the need to improve the knowledge of the livestock reality that people outside the sector have, so that they can better assess the impact of the proposals in animal welfare on issues of management, productivity, health, trade and the guarantees of the offer in the purchasing decision.

After the celebration of the I Symposium in November 2022, the organisation is already preparing the II European Animal Welfare Symposium, which will be announced in the near future.
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I’m worth it, but someone better confirm it for me.

It is always better to have second opinions. The accredited certificate makes it clear that the guarantee of a product is «guaranteed», so it is important to choose products that meet these requirements.

Being informed and knowing the differences between products is a good way to contribute to animal welfare.

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Why are consumers more fans of a product with an Accredited Certification than one that is only Certified?

Animal welfare depends on a whole sector and society. For this reason, we need to take into account good selection criteria as a consumer.

It is important to choose accredited certifications if you want to contribute in any way to farm animal welfare.

Remember: look for accredited animal welfare certifications.

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If an Accredited Certification were like getting a driver’s license, an unaccredited Certification would be like a ticket for bumper cars.

Remember: for optimal animal welfare, the products you choose must have accredited certificates. Certification that has not been accredited by ENAC, has a reliability that is not known and, therefore, it cannot be confirmed if the standards imposed on animal welfare are respected.

We remind you that our commitment is endorsed by the European Union, an organization that has the most demanding quality standards in the world.

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Do Certification and Accreditation sound the same to you? Nothing could be further from the truth.

Differentiating between certification and accreditation is complicated, but not impossible.  It is a prerequisite to know if a farm animal is undergoing optimal conditions in terms of animal welfare.

To make it easier to understand here we provide more information.

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Is playing with Spain the same as playing with your own team? Well, an Accredited Certification and a Certification are not in the same league.

You have to know how to play in the same league and know the team you belong to. The same applies to certifications. It is important to know that an accredited certification gives you maximum guarantees on a product as well as reliability and independence in a process that normally should not be conditioned. Remember: Always look for accredited certifications in animal welfare.

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Certification and Accreditation, it is like watching a regional second division match or watching a national team match in the World Cup.

Certification and accreditation may seem difficult concepts to differentiate, but it is a matter of seeing everything in perspective. We explain it to you:

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