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  • To exchange information, experience and knowledge between stakeholders on how to safeguard and improve animal welfare in the food supply chain.
  • To define and disseminate best practices for safeguarding and improving animal welfare in the food supply chain.
  • To contribute to the integration of emerging science-based animal welfare assessment systems with existing quality assurance schemes.
  • To develop information tools and communication strategies in the farm animal welfare field.
  • To identify and prioritise needs for animal welfare research of interest and importance to Europe.
  • To identify and prioritise the key welfare issues in cattle (beef, dairy), pigs, poultry (eggs, meat) and farmed salmon.

The EAWP project is very timely, as the call to improve animal welfare is heard around the world. For example, from 29th September to 3rd October 2008, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), a UN body, organised an expert meeting in Rome to review animal welfare standards, practices and policies, and to advise on how to support relevant capacity building in developing countries.  The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) also held a 2nd Global Conference on Animal Welfare in Cairo in October 2008.

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The authors gratefully acknowledge from the European Community financial participation under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities, for the Support Action "EAWP" European Animal Welfare Platform, Grant Agreement KBBE-212326.

This publication reflects only the author(s)'views and the European Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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