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

23 February 2011:

14 December 2010:

13 December 2010:

1 December 2010:

9 October 2010:

9 August 2010:

  • FAWC has written to Ministers with advice on the welfare of dairy cows housed all year round and/or in large herds. Please see the letter (PDF 50 KB).
  • FAWC has published the note of its Open Meeting (PDF 75 KB) held on 5 July 2010.

More advice..

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