Legislative and Regulatory Options for Animal Welfare
FAO Legislative Study, No. 104; ISBN: 9789251067116
97 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2017
Date Written: December 31, 2010
In countries around the world, the demand for animal protein inexorably rises as the level of development increases. Animal welfare concerns also garner more attention as consumers recognize the links between animal health and animal welfare, and animal welfare and human well-being. The challenge is to increase food animal production while simultaneously ensuring good animal welfare and protecting food security.
Animal welfare is not a new subject for regulation in most developed countries, owing to a sophisticated consumer base and greater exposure to animal welfare issues. Growing international trade is generating more interest in animal welfare elsewhere in the world, in particular in countries seeking to increase trade with Europe. To date, countries wishing to update their existing veterinary legislative frameworks have had little comprehensive guidance on the options for regulating animal welfare.
This text reviews the ways in which countries can choose to legislate on animal welfare. They outline the philosophy behind animal welfare, as well as the main trends in animal welfare science. Against the backdrop of international developments, they review national options for the regulation of animal welfare, summarizing the main elements of animal welfare legislation and the regulatory choices available to law-makers. It is hoped that this text will prove useful to researchers, government policy-makers and animal welfare advocates in search of a window onto animal welfare legislation.
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