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European Commission broiler report was approved for poor progress in animal welf

Release Time:2018-05-03  Click:313
European animal welfare groups criticized the European Commission’s report on broiler production, saying that the report lacked the goal of efficient broiler production on the European continent.

The animal welfare group “Eurogroup for Animals” stated that the European Commission’s report was delayed for six years and the report did not address the progress of animal welfare of broilers after the implementation of the European Broiler Animal Welfare Directive.

The European Animal Welfare Directive promises to raise the animal welfare level of broilers through relevant indicators. These indicators can be used by farmers and authorities to assess and adjust farm conditions that affect animal welfare levels. The European Union for the Conservation of Animals stated that the European Commission’s report did not mention whether the only farm cumulative mortality constraint index and voluntary indicators of the incidence and severity of footpad dermatitis were used in the process of improving animal welfare.

The main reason is that such indicators are not used consistently by member states and there is also a lack of common strategies for dealing with deep-seated problems.

Reineke Hameleers, director of the European Union for the Conservation of Animals, said key animal welfare issues such as the use of slow-growing breeds, reduced breeding density, improved environmental standards, more humane slaughtering methods, and appropriate third-party auditing are still being ignored. “Even if the method involved in the directive is implemented, it still lacks inertia in its implementation and execution. In the worst case, its implementation is weak and shocking.”

In its report, the European Commission stated that EU member states are aware of the steps required to implement a footpad dermatitis surveillance system and that two-thirds of countries have established such a system.

The European Commission added that spot checks on farms are an important part of any control system, especially related to the inspection of density and management of farms, the properness of premises and other resources.

The European Commission concluded that: "The highest density of cultivation varies among different member states, and the possible negative effects of high aquaculture density will be mitigated when higher requirements are used and cumulative daily mortality is used as an indicator."

In Europe, more than 60% of the broiler farms are bred at a density of more than 33 kg/m2, which is inconsistent with the EU's broiler animal welfare directive.

The European Commission’s report added: “The high mortality rate of chickens is usually attributed to the conditions of hatcheries and/or parent breeder chickens, and the authorities have not taken any action to verify this question. The assessment of more technical requirements, such as Ventilation, which affects the animal welfare of chickens, is also a challenge faced by the authorities."

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