This month, several important steps were taken regarding animal welfare at European level :

  • The European Commission adopted a hundred test methods that do not require testing on laboratory animals in the framework of the European regulation on the registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals (REACH)
  • EFSA’s published recommendations dedicated to calves’ welfare
  • The European Commission published a report on the protection of the welfare of laying hens.

All these documents participate in the preparatory work of the European Commission prior to the publication of a very important legislation for our profession: the update of the European Animal welfare legislation. We will keep following closely these important topics for veterinarians.

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