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Animal Welfare

Animal welfare audit and action plan for a large dairy enterprise

VetEffecT has been awarded a framework contract project for the EBRD: Regional Programme for Improving Animal Welfare Standards in Agribusiness - Conducting Animal Welfare Audits and Developing Action Plans for Agribusinesses (EBRD Project Ref 67313). The project runs 3 years (2017-2019). As one of the first assignments, VetEffecT has been awarded a project in Egypt, to conduct an animal welfare audit and developing an animal welfare action plan for for a large dairy enterprise (approx. 15000 heads of cattle). 

The project will be carried out through assessment, desk research and farm-visits.

Project report published: EU Zoos Directive Good Practices Document

The final report of our project on the Zoos Directive has been published by the Commission 

Member States are responsible for applying the provisions of the Zoos Directive 1999/22/EC and ensuring their necessary enforcement.

EU DG SANCO Dog and Cat Welfare study

The European Commission has launched a study on the well-being of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices in EU Member States.

There are several trends giving rise to concern: dogs and cats may be illegally bred, traded and transported between EU Member States, or imported from third countries, posing a risk to animal welfare as well as to human and animal health if effective preventative measures are not taken.



The European Commission has commissioned a study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices in EU Member States.

DG SANCO Study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices

While the European Union (EU) has legislation on certain health requirements for intra-EU trade on cats and dogs, there is an absence of EU legislation on broader aspects of their welfare. At the national level there is wide variation in animal welfare legislation across the Member States. The recent EU conference on the welfare of dogs and cats in the EU observed that the rise in the lucrative trade of cats and dogs has brought problems such as genetic selection, puppy farming, mutilation and inhumane disposal, but there is currently no harmonised EU legislation to address the welfare concerns.

The overall objective of this DG SANCO study on the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices is to determine the extent to which the EU should take specific measures on the welfare

EFSA publishes report on welfare monitoring indicators for slaughter of cattle

The EFSA Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) has published a report on toolboxes of welfare indicators for developing monitoring procedures at slaughterhouses for bovines stunned

VetEffecT supports student association Hygieia

VetEffecT will be sponsoring the Dutch student association "Hygieia" that connects students and professionals that are interested One Health and Animal Welfare.

VetEffecT wants to support this ambitious group of students in their effort to show both students and professionals to look beyond their own field of activity.

The evaluation of the EU Policy on Animal Welfare (EU PAW)

The Final Report on the Evaluation of the EU policy on Animal Welfare (with reference to farm animals, experimental animals, pet animals and wild ani