Commission gathers international experts to drive new Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015 forward


Enhanced consumer empowerment and strengthening enforcement of existing rules are the main objectives of a two-day international conference on the new EU animal welfare strategy taking place in Brussels on 29 February – 1 March. Co-organised by the European Commission and the Danish Presidency of the EU, this high-level conference aims to drive forward an integrated approach to animal welfare.

Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner, John Dalli, said: "Ethical issues surrounding animal welfare are becoming an integral part of food quality. Consumers are increasingly factoring in welfare considerations into their purchases. Giving consumers access to the right information so that they can make informed choices will help drive our animal welfare policies forward. Informed consumers are empowered consumers. Dedicating resources to education and training as well as strengthening enforcement will deliver both in economic and in welfare terms."

Source: European Parliament