Communication on the European Union Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2012-2015

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Series Details COM (6) 2012
Publication Date 19/01/2012
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Communication published by the European Commission in January 2012 setting out a strategy on the protection and welfare of animals for the period 2012-2015.

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The Communication builds on the experience gained through an Action Plan for the period 2006-2010 and following recommendations by most stakeholders consulted and by the European Parliament. The Strategy aims to take advantage of the scientific and technological advances made to reconcile animal welfare with economic realities in implementing existing legal provisions.

A horizontal directive covers the different aspects of the welfare of farmed animals. Specific aspects are covered by EU legislation on transport and slaughter. Specific EU requirements apply to the keeping of calves, pigs, laying hens and broilers. Animals used for experimentation are also subject to specific rules on animal welfare. EU legislation on zoos focuses on species conservation but with consideration for animal welfare. No EU legislation exists on the welfare of pets. The EU rules on organic farming include high animal welfare standards for cattle, pig and poultry production.

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