The World Organisation for Animal Health adopts first international standards on animal welfare in livestock production systems

The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) congratulated the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Delegates for adopting the first international standards on animal welfare in livestock production systems.

Adopted at the end of May, the standards will act as a baseline on how to rear beef cattle humanely in the OIE’s 178 Members, which include some countries where no animal welfare legislation is in place.

Dr David Wilkins, WSPA’s Chief Veterinary Adviser, said: “We are very pleased that OIE Delegates adopted the first international standards on animal welfare in livestock production systems. The standards are a real achievement for animals around the world and an important element of humane farming. Adoption of a set of General Principles, relevant to all species and applicable to different production systems around the world, also ensures a point of reference for other livestock standards, which will be developed by the OIE in full consultation with all members and stakeholders”.

WSPA recognises the strategic importance of the OIE’s international role and will continue working closely with other leading animal welfare groups and the OIE in the development of international animal welfare standards.

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