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Farm Animal Welfare Committee

The Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) is an expert committee of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Devolved Administrations in Scotland and Wales.  It was established on 1 April 2011 following a review of public bodies.

The Committee provides advice to Defra and the Devolved Administrations in Scotland and Wales on the welfare of farmed animals, including farmed animals on agricultural land, at market, in transit and at the place of killing.

Recent advice

24 February 2014 - FAWC has published its vision of  An Animal Health and Welfare Stewardship Programme.  This concept was developed following a request from the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England for advice on how such a scheme might be funded under the EU Rural Development Programme.  The Board was grateful for FAWC’s advice but did not feel it could currently pursue the idea due to funding constraints.

24 February 2014 – FAWC has issued a consultation on Farmer well-being and farm animal welfare.  The deadline for responses is 21 March 2014.

14 February 2014 – FAWC has published its Opinion on the welfare of farmed fish.  This is accompanied by a Press Notice – Opinion on the welfare of farmed fish.

31 January 2014 – FAWC has issued a Consultation on farrowing systems for sows and piglets.  Please send any comments to the FAWC Secretariat contact in the consultation letter.

27 January 2014 – FAWC is recruiting two new members, an Environmental scientist and a Poultry and or pig expert.  The closing date for applications is 14 March 2014.

21 November 2013FAWC Work Plan 2013-2016 published.

1 October 2013 - FAWC has published its Review of the implications for animal welfare of farm assurance schemes.  This seeks to update and build upon FAWC’s 2005 Report on this topic. This is accompanied by a Press notice for the farm assurance review 2013.

25 September 2013 - FAWC has published its Annual Review 2012-2013.

17 September 2013 – FAWC publishes Advice on space and headroom allowances for transport of farm animals.

16 August 2013 – FAWC has written a letter to GB Governments pressing for action on Keel bone fractures in laying hens.

7 August 2013 - FAWC has responded to Defra’s consultation on reform of the farm animal welfare codes – FAWC response on reform of the farm animal welfare codes.  The Committee has also provided detailed comments on the associated consultation on revision of guidance on the welfare of meat chickens and breeding chickens – FAWC comments on revision of Guidance on the welfare of meat chickens and breeding chickens.

23 July 2013 – FAWC today publishes its Opinion on the welfare of farmed and park deer, accompanied by a Press release on the welfare of farmed and park deer.

3 July 2013 – FAWC today issued a Consultation on the welfare of beef animals.  Please send any comments to the FAWC Secretariat contact in the  consultation letter.

 29 November 2012 – FAWC today publishes its landmark Report on Farm Animal Welfare – Health and Disease, accompanied by News Release Farm Animal Welfare – Health and Disease

16 November 2012 - FAWC today publishes its Opinion on the welfare implications of breeding and breeding technologies in commercial livestock agriculture, accompanied by a Press notice for Opinion on breeding and breeding technologies.

11 April 2012 - FAWC has written to Lord Taylor at Defra about Welfare implications of cloning of farm animalsCloning corrigendum 8 May 2012.

15 March 2012 - FAWC today published its Opinion on Contingency Planning for Farm Animal Welfare in Disasters and Emergencies.  It has also issued a Press notice on contingency planning.

3 February 2012 - FAWC today issued its view on sustainable intensification.

15 December 2011 - FAWC today launched its Report on Education, Communication and Knowledge Application in Relation to Farm Animal Welfare . 

7 December 2011 – FAWC today launched its Report on Economics and Farm Animal Welfare

Content from the old Farm Animal Welfare Council website is available on the National Archives website.

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