Farm Animal Welfare Council


What is the Farm Animal Welfare Council?

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The Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) is an independent advisory body established by the Government in 1979. Its terms of reference are to keep under review the welfare of farm animals on agricultural land, at market, in transit and at the place of slaughter; and to advise the Government of any legislative or other changes that may be necessary.

The Council can:

  • investigate any topic falling within its remit.

  • communicate freely with outside bodies, the European Commission and the public.

  • publish its advice independently.

Latest advice

20 April 2009

  • FAWC responded to the Defra and Scottish Government consultations on implementation of Directive 2007/43/EC on the protection of meat chickens. The letter (PDF KB) is available here.
  • FAWC responded to the Defra, Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Government consultations on Commission proposals for a regulation on the protection of animals at the time of killing. The letter (PDF 46KB) is available here.

27 February 2009 - FAWC has issued a consultation about mutilations and environmental enrichment for growing pigs (PDF 38 KB). If you wish to express views about this subject please send them in writing to the FAWC Secretariat by 30 April 2009.

24 February 2009: News release: Appointment of new members to the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC).

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