A new Global Animal Welfare Assurance initiative to improve the lives of farmed animals launches today [4 Oct] on World Animal Day. Led by the University of Bristol, it aims to share knowledge and best practice with farmers and food businesses to increase the proportion of animals farmed to high-welfare standards.
Funded by the Farm Animal Welfare Forum and Tubney Charitable Trust, the initiative has been developed with scientific support from the Bristol Vet School and the Royal Agricultural University and is an alliance of five experienced and trusted higher welfare assurance schemes. They comprise the Soil Association (UK), RSPCA Assured (UK), Beter Leven (NL), Global Animal Partnership (USA) and SPCA Blue Tick (NZ).
Together, the alliance offers the following services and benefits on the intersection between animal welfare, farming practices and auditing processes:
- sharing experience, knowledge and best practice with membership organisations;
- helping with the set up and development of animal welfare assurance systems;
- offering consultancy to businesses to deliver on animal welfare pledges.
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