Presentation on theme: "European Commission Health & Consumers Directorate General"— Presentation transcript:
1 European Commission Health & Consumers Directorate General Animal welfare approach in the European Union, Declaration of BrusselsAmsterdam, 30 November 2011Andrea GAVINELLIAnimal Welfare Unit
2 Enforcement Group housing of sows and gilts : 1 January 2013 Providing adequate enrichment materialAvoiding routine tail-dockingCouncil Directive 2001/88/EC laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs
3 (cross border transport 28 million pigs4,3 million cattle4,3 million sheep150 thousand horsesandmore than 1 billionpoultry(cross border transportin 2009)** Commission Report on the impact of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during Transport
4 Slaughter for intra Union trade and trade with Third Countries Introduction of animal welfare indicatorsThird Country equivalencyfor intra Union trade and trade with Third CountriesCouncil Regulation (EC) No 1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing
5 European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs European Representatives of the pig sector commit to voluntarily stop surgical castration by 1 January 2018 provided certain tools are available such as harmonised methods at European Level to detect Boar Taint.From 1 January 2012 surgical castration of pigs will be performed with prolonged analgesia and/or anesthesia.The Declaration establishes a European Partnership on Pig Castration.
6 Objectives and activities as stated in the Declaration Ensure the acceptance of products from not surgically castrated pigs by authorities and consumers in the EU but also in Third CountriesAgree on a common understanding of boar taintPerform or coordinate research and development and achieve resultsDevelop information and training of farmers and other members of the whole pork chainDo a Cost/benefit analysis on the consequences of the end of surgical castration (change in production costs, costs/benefits at the different levels, cost sharing plans)Develop a list of traditional productions requiring heavier pigsPublish an annual public report assessing the progress on the above actions including costs
7 European Declaration on alternatives to surgical castration of pigs voluntary agreement to phase out surgical castration of pigs in Europe by 1 January 2018COPA-COGECAEurogroup for AnimalsUECBV (The European Livestock and Meat Trading Union)CLITRAVI (Liaison Center for the Meat Processing Industry in the European Union)FESASS (The European Federation for Animal Health and Sanitary Security)EAAP (European Federation for Animal Science)EFFAB (European Forum of Farm Animal Breeders)FVEDanish Agriculture and Food CouncilDBV (German farmer association)VDF (German meat industry association)HDE (German retail association)Scientific experts from INRACOV (Dutch red meat slaughterhouses)LTO Nederland (Dutch pig farmers organisation)NVV (Dutch pig farmers organisation)NBHV (Dutch livestock traders organisation)ANAS (Associazione Nazionale Allevatori Suini) – ItalyDMRI (Danish Meat Research Institute)OIVO - CRIOC (Centre de Recherche et d'Information des Organisations de Consommateurs)FEFAC (European Feed Manufacturers' Federation)CIWF (Compassion in World Farming)The Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Republic of IrelandFinnish Farm Animal Welfare CouncilGalician Meat Technology Centre – SpainDutch Society for the Protection of AnimalsPROVIEH VgtM e.V. – GermanySCIENTIFIC EXPERT from IFIP - “Institut du porc en France"
8 Research Report on European Network of Centres of Reference Research projects in animal welfare under the Framework Programmes:FP6Welfare QualityPIGCASCloning in publicQ-PorkChains – Ensuring quality of meat for the futureDIALRELSeveral fish welfare projectsFP7EconWelfareEuropean Animal Welfare Platform projectAWARE - Animal WelfAre Research in an enlarged EuropeAWIN – Animal Welfare Indicator projectSANCO pilot project: ALCASDE - Study on the improved methods for animal-friendly production, in particular on alternatives to the castration of pigs8
9 EFSA Scientific Opinions on pig welfare Welfare aspects of the castration of piglets (2004)Effects of space allowances and floor types on the welfare of weaners and rearing pigs (2005)Housing and husbandry of fattening pigs (2007)Housing and husbandry systems for adult breeding boars, pregnant, farrowing sows and unweaned piglets (2007)risks associated with tail biting in pigs and possible means to reduce the need for tail docking considering the different housing and husbandry systems (2007)NEW:Request for a scientific opinion concerning the use of animal-based measures to assess the welfare of pigs – December 20119
12 Something “new” is coming... Future strategy on animal welfareNeed to reinforce existing toolsEnforcement (e.g. common methodology to address animal welfare risks)ResearchInternational cooperationCommunication and education12
13 Future workshopOn pig castration planned for September 201213