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2nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare

Cairo , Egypt 20- 22 October 2008

Paris, September 26th 2007 - 400 participants from all corners of the world and from all fields concerned with animal health and animal welfare will gather for the Second OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare, set to take place in Cairo , Egypt on 20- 22 October 2008 .

“This is the first time a developing country will host a high level international conference on animal welfare. A strong gesture that demonstrates a growing grasp of the high stakes attached to animal welfare practices worldwide, and not only in developed countries as it used to be so far,” Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General said.

With an agenda to effectively implement its science-based animal welfare standards on a global scale, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in partnership with key partners including the European Commission, will review progress made by its Member Countries and Territories, the world veterinary community and livestock industries in the fields of sea, air and land transport of livestock, livestock slaughter for human consumption and killing for disease control.

Veterinary scientific expertise, the views of governmental representatives (including national Chief Veterinary Officers), livestock industries and non-governmental organisations representatives will be brought together with the goal of raising the profile of animal welfare in all parts of the food production chain.

Putting the OIE standards to work

Decidedly practical, this second global conference has the objective of putting the OIE animal welfare standards to work, with examples drawn from practical experience in OIE Member Countries and Territories including developing countries.

Emphasis will be put on bringing support for the implementation of standards, including the recognition of animal welfare as an area of expertise in its own right. The need for stepped up scientific research also ranks high on the agenda.

Key Topics

Working sessions will focus on the following key topics:

  • Raise awareness of the OIE Animal Welfare standards
  • Give practical information and technical support on setting national legislation and support its implementation
  • Encourage national Veterinary Services to take more responsibility for animal welfare
  • Help Veterinary Services, especially those in developing countries, to put the OIE standards to work
  • Strengthen approaches to teaching of Animal Welfare in veterinary and agriculture faculties
  • Launch a discussion on additional standard-setting needs and achievements
  • Discuss and define research priorities to support standard setting and implementation.