New EU Commission initiative for animal welfare

On Friday 20th October 2017, the 66th European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV) AGM took place in Bucharest, Romania, where major topics concerning animal welfare, environmental policy, competitiveness, and consumer demand were discussed.
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Changes in consumer preferences and dietary habit were highlighted by emeritus professor of Nutrition and Food Science with University of Barcelona, Abel Mariné Font, who explained that, while consumers’ choice is increasingly dictated by emotion, meat appears to be an irreplaceable part of our diet due to its provision of concentrated essential minerals, vitamins and amino acids.

It was also suggested that improving the state of animal welfare across the EU would not require new legislation, but a resolution to maintain current high standards and take appropriate actions when standards are not met. This idea was backed by Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, who commented on the importance of ensuring full completion of previous commitments.

UECBV (European Livestock and Meat Trades Union) also publicised its commitment to enforcing animal welfare standards among other sectors, such as meat hygiene, by submitting to the EU Commissioner a slaughter hygiene guide intended to provide a best-practice model for the prevention of red meat contamination.

The underlying message of the meeting was clear; that the successful collaboration of minds from across the private sector, authorities, academics and NGOs in the EU Platform for animal welfare, would ensure that action towards improving animal welfare would continue, with or without new legislation.

For more information on the UECBV AGM 2017, follow this link: UECBV

Emily Houghton

Editor, The Pig Site

Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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