Independent report

FAWC report on the welfare of farmed animals at gatherings

Farm Animal Welfare Council review of the welfare of farmed animals at markets, sales and other gatherings.


FAWC report on the welfare of farmed animals at gatherings

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Report identifying the common welfare challenges present at all animal gatherings, such as transport to the gathering site, unloading, mixing with unfamiliar animals and people and loading for onward consignment. It identifies the lack of consistent protection for animals present at different gatherings and calls for a single piece of legislation to protect animal welfare at all gatherings.

Recommendations are made to improve animal welfare standards at gatherings in terms of the knowledge and competency of people employed to look after animals, animal care and handling, facilities provided at the gathering site and levels of supervision and enforcement.

You can read more about the work of the Farm Animal Welfare Committee.

Published 30 June 2005