This month, in response to animal disease pandemics across the European Union, the European Commission has taken several exceptional measures to attempt to limit the spread of these diseases, including avian influenza, African swine fever and sheep and goat pox, as well as has adopted support measures for certain states (in particular Italy) to compensate for the economic impact of these health crises on their markets.

Another priority of the European Commission has been to pursue its preparatory work on the revision of animal welfare legislation, expected in the third quarter of 2023.In this context, a first working document (not yet officially published) suggests a real commitment on its side, both in terms of breeding, transport and slaughter conditions and animal welfare labelling.

Certain proposals for provisions on the prohibition of practices deemed “cruel” or “inappropriate” are therefore to be expected,  and will have to be paid particular attention by our profession.

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