EUROPEAN
WELFARE
Our commitment
their well-being
Compromiso Europeo
El bienestar europeo animal
El bienestar europeo animal
European
Animal Welfare
The European Commission has been promoting Animal Welfare for more than 40 years, during which time the lives of farm animals has been gradually improved.

The European Union is currently leading the application of Animal Welfare measures worldwide.

The Farm2Fork Strategy adopted by the Commission on 20 May 2020 announced that the Commission would review legislation on animal welfare by the end of 2023 to adapt it to the most recent scientific tests. Furthermore, the review will extend its scope, facilitate its application and, ultimately, guarantee a higher level of animal welfare.

In order to promote dialogue among competent authorities, businesses, civil society and scientists on Animal Welfare issues that are relevant at an EU level, a panel of experts was set up in 2017 within the «EU Platform on Animal Welfare».

On 15 December 2020, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council approved the conclusions for an EU-wide Animal Welfare label, highlighting the overarching objective of improving Animal Welfare for as many food-producing animals as possible.

SOME
POLICIES

ONE

1 out of 7 citizens claim that animal health and welfare should be one of the areas in which future legislation should be developed, and 13 % of citizens also stated that the decisions taken at an EU level to promote AW make them feel proud to be European“ (Eurobarometer, Attitudes of Europeans towards the issue of biodiversity).

TWO

94% of respondents believe it is important to protect the welfare of farm animals; and public opinion calls for more information on the conditions in which farm animals are bred. In this context, 59% of EU citizens stated that they are prepared to pay more for products sourced from animal welfare-friendly production systems (Eurobarometer “Attitudes of European citizens towards AW”).

THREE

90% of respondents believe that an EU animal welfare label would be a useful tool to inform consumers about the conditions in which animals are treated.

THE NEED TO CERTIFY
ANIMAL WELFARE
La necesidad de certificar el bienestar animal

“European citizens do not think there is sufficient choice of animal welfare-friendly food products in shops and supermarkets”, Eurobarometer “Attitudes of European citizens towards AW”.

In different surveys and Eurobarometers, society has shown its commitment to animal welfare and is calling for meat that can guarantee animal welfare, as well as sustainable production methods committed to reducing the carbon footprint.

SELF-DECLARATION CERTIFICATION CERTIFICATION OF
ACCREDITATION
CERTIFICATION
NO
YES
YES
ACCREDITATION BY THIRD PARTIES
NO
NO
YES
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OPERATOR AND CERTIFICATION OWNER
YES
YES
NO
DEGREE OF CONFLICT OF INTERESTS
4 OUT OF 5
3 OUT OF 5
NON-EXISTENT
DESCRIPTION
The operator presents a brand that is self-imposed or requested by a third party, with basic requirements, but its control is based on a self-declaration or supervision by the owner of the brand.
The operator presents a third-party brand which is certified by a third party, who has a commercial relationship with the owner of the brand.
The operator presents a brand certified by a third party, which, in turn, is accredited by an entity independent from the owner of the brand.

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Animal Welfare