Farm Animal Welfare Council


Summary of council meeting on 16 October 2008

Chairman's Report
Next meeting
Further information


This is the summary report of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) plenary meeting on 16 October 2008, chaired by Professor Christopher Wathes.  The Council meets three times a year.  Working groups that convene more frequently undertake much of the preparatory work.


  • A report from the Welsh Assembly Government’s Animal Welfare Team on current farm animal welfare issues in Wales;
  • A presentation on the welfare implications of breeding and breeding technologies from the Council’s breeding specialist;
  • Review of FAWC’s work programme for 2008/09, including preparation for a major new study on disease and animal welfare and preparation of FAWC’s Strategic Business Plan for 2011-2016;
  • Debate about the draft report on the welfare of white meat species, which was nearing completion;
  • Detailed deliberations on a report to present a long term view of future farm animal welfare strategy, policy and implementation in GB;
  • A draft Opinion on Policy Instruments for Protecting and Improving Farm Animal Welfare, which was approved for publication;
  • A draft Opinion on the welfare of dairy cattle, which would require further consideration;
  • Provision of advice to the Scottish Minister for Rural Affairs and Environment on welfare standards for GB pigs;
  • Updates on the work of the Standing Committees and Working Groups;
  • An update on the activity of Defra’s Animal Welfare Division.

Chairman’s Report

The Chairman reported on meetings aimed at building relationships with FAWC’s stakeholders in GB and Europe, including meetings with the National Farmers’ Union, the CVO Wales and Welsh Assembly Government officials, the National Farmers’ Union Wales, the Farming Union of Wales and the Chair of the National Standing Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources . 

Meetings were planned with The poultry veterinary study group of the EU and at The European Forum of Animal Welfare Councils.

Next meeting

26 February 2009.

Further information


Richard Aram
Assistant Secretary FAWC
Area 5A, 9 Millbank
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7238 5016
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7238 3169

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