| Animal Welfare
The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
Dept. of Animal Science and Animal Health (DK)
Institute for Animal Science and Animal Behaviour, Mariensee
Federal Agricultural Research Center (FRG)
|September 4, 2000
|Institute of Animal Science and Animal Behaviour, FAL Mariensee
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"Animal welfare relates to the animal's ability to cope with its environment".
Based on this premise, animal welfare is to be increasingly concerned with the biological
needs and the abilities of the animals to adapt in accordance with genetic predisposition
and multifunctional expression. A concept of animal welfare based solely on ethology can
no longer be justified.
Globally changing structure in agricultural animal husbandry and progress in
breeding and biotechnology have brought new challenges to the science of animal
welfare. In future, new technologies should also be judged from the standpoint
of animal welfare.
There are large differences worldwide in the acceptance of and the
assumption of the necessity of animal welfare; prevailing notions in rich
countries are often perceived as efforts to raise trade barriers.
Therefore it is necessary to establish mandatory international standards of animal
welfare for world trade agreements. These standards must be based on established
scientific knowledge and practical experience.
The animal farmer works to produce income. If animal production is to continue in
Europe, the additional costs incurred by animal welfare provisions must be covered.
Farmers and trade organizations will be the driving force behind improving animal
welfare to the degree that consumers are willing to pay for animal welfare.