Farm Animal Welfare Council


Summary of council meeting on 6 November 2003

Chairwoman's Report
Reports from the Working Group
Next meeting

This is the summary report of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC) plenary meeting on 6 November 2003, chaired by Dr Judy MacArthur Clark. The Council meets three times a year. Working groups that convene more frequently undertake much of the preparatory work.

The meeting discussed a report in draft on the welfare implication of animal breeding and breeding technologies, the draft report on animal welfare in markets, Defra’s Animal Health and Welfare Strategy and a strategy for enhancing veterinary surveillance in the UK.

Chairwoman's Report

The Chairwoman had met with the new Parliamentary Under Secretary, Ben Bradshaw, to provide him with an overview of FAWC’s work and in particular to discuss the red meat slaughter report.

The Chairwoman reported on the continued media activity surrounding the red meat slaughter report. The Chairwoman also reported on trips to Australia and New Zealand where she had made presentations on animal welfare in the EU.

Reports from the Working Groups

As is customary the meeting heard progress reports from the Chairs of the Working Groups. There was some slowing of activity due to Secretariat staffing difficulties.

Strategy and Communication –The Open Meeting was reported to be a great success with a good turnout and lively discussions. The Group had issued a consultation on its stockmanship standards study, which would lead to a short report.

Poultry Issues – The Group had not met since last Council because of the Secretariat staffing difficulties. Activity at Chair level had continued with regard to the British Poultry Council’s survey of broiler leg health and its statistical analysis. Publication of the analysis was awaited. Publication of research on stocking density and broiler welfare was also expected.

Farm Assurance Schemes – Discussions continued with the food service sector and with the retailers regarding animal welfare assurance of food produced and sold. A draft report was now in production.

Slaughter – The Group had now changed focus towards welfare at slaughter of white meat species, beginning with a wide consultation. A programme for this work was being developed and initial meetings and visits planned.

Research and Development – The Group continued to consider its report on the welfare implications of animal breeding and breeding technologies. It had also held meetings with experts on the issue of lamb castration with a view to updating comments made in the Report on the Welfare of Sheep in 1994.

Markets and Transport – The Group was now concentrating on drafting its report.

Date of next meeting

26 February 2004

Further Information


Richard Aram
Assistant Secretary FAWC
Area 511, 1A Page Street

Tel: +44 (0)20 7904 6532
Fax: +44 (0)20 7904 6993

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