Public consultation revision EU legislation on Animal Welfare open until 21 January 2022

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the revision of the EU legislation on animal welfare, open until 21 January 2022. As IFOAM Organics Europe, we welcomed this initiative and hopes it will contribute to elaborate a future EU legislation that further improves animal welfare.

This public consultation is the second phase of a consultation process that started this summer with the opening of a Roadmap to which IFOAM Organics Europe sent feedback.

In our feedback, we recall that the EU organic regulation already pays close attention to animal well-being and should be regarded as an animal welfare best practice. In this regard, we emphasize our support to create an animal welfare labelling system that puts forward adequate and species-specific animal welfare practices, in which the organic standard is clearly identifiable.

Once submitted, IFOAM Organics Europe will publish its feedback late January 2022. Until then, feel free to reach out to [email protected], Policy Assistant on Agricultural Policies and the CAP, if you want to have more information. Please take notes that we prioritize our members’ requests.

As IFOAM Organics Europe, we will keep on advocating for higher animal welfare standards in the upcoming months and years as the European Commission foresees:

  • A new animal welfare legislation by 2023 as announced in the Farm to Fork strategy, and
  • To “find concrete and operational ways to further improve animal welfare in organic production” as per action 21 of the new Organic Action Plan

The work of IFOAM Organics Europe on this topic is co-financed by the LIFE programme of
the European Union, under the under the Climate, Infrastructure and Environment
Executive Agency (CINEA). This publication only reflects the views of the authors and its
sole responsibility lies with IFOAM Organics Europe. CINEA is not responsible for any use
that may be made of the information provided.

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