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World Conference on Farm Animal Welfare opens in China

DATE:2017-10-17       SOURCE:MOA Information Office

The World Conference on Farm Animal Welfare and the 5th China Animal Welfare Forum on Quality and Safety of Meat and Poultry Products was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province on 12 October 2017. The conference advocated the theme of “animal welfare, sustainable development and responsible consumption” and was attended and addressed by Vice Minister Yu Kangzhen, Director of Animal Production and Health Division of FAO Berhe Tekola and representatives of international organizations of animal welfare.


Vice Minister Yu noted that animal welfare is a natural result and important hallmark of socioeconomic development and it should also fit in with local resource and cultural conditions. China has made great efforts and achieved positive results in promoting animal welfare. Currently, China pursues green development of agriculture and is committed to ensuring animal health and the quality and safety of animal products. The concept of animal welfare has been fully implemented in agricultural production and reflected in relevant policies and laws. It is the historical responsibility of people in the livestock sector to improve animal welfare in line with socioeconomic development.


Vice Minister Yu put forward several suggestions to enhance animal welfare.


First, establish technical standards and regulations of animal welfare as soon as possible and gradually improve inspection, evaluation and supervision systems;


Second, advocate the rule of law in promoting animal welfare;


Third, advance green and sustainable development of animal farming when addressing animal welfare;


Fourth, learn from other countries advanced philosophies and ideas conducive to green agricultural development in China through international exchanges and cooperation.


The conference was co-hosted by FAO and China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation (CAPIAC), organized by the International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW) of CAPIAC, and supported by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and National Pork Board (NPB).


A total of 400 experts and scholars attended the meeting, representing a number of authorities and research bodies of China and abroad including the WTO, MOA, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), University of Edinburgh, University of Queensland, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Anhui Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Northeast Agricultural University, Nanjing Agricultural University, and Inner Mongolia Academy of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Sciences.

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