The Spanish Livestock Interprofessional Interovi and Provakuno, together with the Hungarian JTT, have published the European Animal Welfare Commitment Declaration to show their utmost commitment to preserving and promoting the health and welfare of ruminants. With this manifesto, they propose a response to the wishes shown by the Europeans.
According to the latest Eurobarometer, more than 95% of Europeans are concerned about the health and welfare of animals. Among them are more than 400,000 beef ranchers in Spain and sheep and goat farmers in Spain and Hungary. Some farmers committed to their production have launched a three-year promotion scheme co-financed with the European Fund to promote the European commitment to animal welfare.
The Decalogue noted that it is a commitment made by farmers “with confidence and of their own judgment” based on guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), current legislation and advances in science. interprofessional Protect a world “where animals are respected and work for animal welfare throughout society” in these 10 points, Welfare which, according to the decalogue, makes it necessary that “none of our animals should be hungry, thirsty or malnourished”.
The European Animal Welfare Commitment Declaration also considers that ruminants “live a life free of fear and pain”, that they live “free of physical and thermal discomfort”, and that they consider themselves to be “free of natural behaviour”. together” can appear. In addition, the commitment includes the prevention of injuries and diseases, a guarantee of “biosafety, quality and traceability”, and pride that, on farms, “animals have more protection and care than in nature”.
Animal Welfare Certification
Similarly, within their commitment to animal welfare, these organizations have taken a step forward by developing a National Accreditation Unit (ENAC) accredited certificate, under which farmers can recognize their good work and the extent and depth of commitment achieved. can perform.
These certificates represent the maximum guarantee for citizens and a tool with which they can Identify ruminant meat products originating from farms where all available measures have been taken To ensure that they lead a life free from hunger, thirst, malnutrition, fear and distress, physical and thermal discomfort, pain, injury and disease and are free to manifest natural behaviour.
These are certifications that the Spanish Society for Animal Protection and Welfare (Ceproba) developed together with a group of technicians, certification experts and scientists with the aim of having an empirical basis, to be able to guarantee quantitative and traceable parameters To be able to measure the solvency and hardness of these seals.
Likewise, the fact that these certifications are accredited by ENAC guarantees that an independent third party, who has not participated in the certification process, verifies the entire process and provides the maximum guarantee of transparency that a certification process can achieve. Maybe, it is a leading project in the EU and it is available to all operators who request it.
Sustainability and “Carbon Neutral” Objectives
From Interovic, Provacuno and JTT would like to convey to citizens “their desire and determination to show their full commitment to carbon neutral objectives and sustainability, aspects that are not possible if there is no full commitment to the welfare of animals”.
Caring for animals and the environment has become a problem that needs to be addressed if the Carbon 2050 target set by the European Union is to be somehow achieved.
In order to meet consumer demand and comply with the European Zero Emissions Agreement, sheep and goat meat inter-professionals have put all their efforts into achieving one. Joint agreement supported by the European Union and based on concern for the welfare of ruminants,
To do this, three organizations Finalize a European Animal Welfare Seal aimed at informing the consumer about the origin and care of these ruminants, and represents a change that, according to Inn Interprofessional, “will revolutionize consumption and production systems on a path that ensures sustainability and traceability.” Worthy of food”.
Through this new campaign, interprofessionals seek to present their promise to the sector, animals and society. Commitment which is reflected in 10 fundamental ideas that reflect the transparency and importance of the duty acquired.