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Animal welfare in Europe


AUTHOR: A. Gavinelli y N. Lakestani
TITLE: Animal Welfare in Europe

PUBLICATION PLACE: dA web Center, February 2010

A. GAVINELLI, Head of Unit - Animal Welfare - European Commission, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General (DG SANCO) - Rue Froissart 101, 1040 Brussels, Belgium.


Gavinelli and Lakestani discuss animal welfare legislation in the European Union and the current need to incorporate more sophisticated objectives such as social interest and economic concerns, public and animal health issues. They quote the Treaty of Lisbon of 2009. This goes further than simply acknowledging animals as sentient beings and states that animal protection is now a stand-alone article. The importance of the European Commission in the implementation of EU legislation is highlighted by means of effective control systems. Gavinelli and Lakestani conclude that animal welfare legislation in Europe is very comprehensive as it is applied in 27 member countries thus protecting large numbers of animals. They further state the importance of consulting with an enlarged number of interested parties in order to generate more comprehensive legislation and greater consistency among member states in future.

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