Farm animal welfare and the economy, jobs and livelihoods

The livestock sector employs 1.3 billion people globally, contributing significantly to the value generated by the agriculture sector. As countries develop and industrialise, less people are employed in agriculture but many of the world’s people – particularly in developing countries – still depend on animals for food, income and social status.

Animal and human welfare are closely related and are essential for the development of sustainable food systems. Animal welfare brings benefits to producers, food businesses and consumers.

Learn more in our reports and case studies: 

Briefing - Animal welfare and human welfare hand in hand  (PDF 641KB, 8 pages)
This briefing outlines how livestock are an important contributor to food and explores how improvements to animal welfare can boost jobs and livelihoods. 

Report - Animal production systems and supply chains (PDF 1.16MB, 66 pages)
This report was prepared by Anni McLeod and Andrew Sutherland at the IDL Group for WSPA. The report describes trends in the livestock sector and the potential for improving animal welfare within food supply chains, while supporting livelihoods and employment.

Briefing - Why livestock and humane, sustainable agriculture matter at Rio+20 (PDF 860 KB)
This leaflet outlines why humane and sustainable agriculture must be considered when we look at the future of food and farming. The rearing and use of animals has a major impact on the environment, society and the global economy, so ensuring their welfare can help alleviate poverty and encourage sustainable development.

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