FVE Animal Welfare Working Group

 The group discussed what actions to take in relation to animal owner and farmer’s education (drafting of a position paper), promotion of the use animal based indicators for assessing the welfare conditions of farmed animals, pig welfare (e.g. tail docking survey as requested by the European Commission inspection services, pig castration and anaesthesia/analgesia protocols), horses and cows’ welfare. Updates were given on responsible breeding of companion animals and on the animal transport guides project. The group will also investigate the responsibilities (such as use of drugs, aftercare, competition and ethical aspects) of animal welfare organisations and individual veterinarians when they carry out neutering campaigns in another EU country.