The I Symposium on Animal Welfare in meat-producing ruminants will be held in person on November 14 and it is the first event of its kind to be held in Europe and aims to serve as a meeting point between the main managers of the sector.
Animal welfare is a concern of European citizens and institutions, and of course also of producers, scientists and technicians in the sector. For this reason, the Spanish beef (PROVACUNO) and the Spanish sheep and goat (INTEROVIC) and Hungarian (JTT) interprofessionals have requested the Spanish Society for Animal Protection and Welfare (SEPROBA), to assume the technical secretariat and organization of this first event at European level.
The meeting is also scheduled to present the results of the survey on animal welfare in production that SEPROBA is carrying out with technicians from the sector
The objective of this meeting is for scientists, technicians, producers, certifiers, farmers and different members of the chain to share experiences, debate and analyse, from a scientific and technical point of view, the situation of animal welfare within the framework of the European Union .
In this first edition, the event will pay special attention to the application aspects of the legislative proposals in the field of animal welfare that affect the reality of livestock farming and to the contribution of accredited certification systems as tools to grant full guarantees of objectivity in the assessment welfare of animals to all parties involved: farmers, distribution chain, consumers and Public Administrations.
The event will pay special attention to the application aspects of the legislative proposals in the field of animal welfare that affect the reality of livestock farming and the contribution of accredited certification systems
For its part, the scientific committee, made up of six scientists and technicians with proven experience in the field of this matter, together with the technical secretariat, have been responsible for drawing up the Symposium programme.
During the celebration of the day, the free presentation of these communications is planned, which will deal with the Mediterranean systems of beef, sheep and goat meat production.
Finally, the meeting is also scheduled to present the results of the survey on animal welfare in production that SEPROBA is carrying out with technicians from the sector and which can be answered on its own website through the following link: https:/ /seproba.es/symposium-welfare-animal-2022/
8:45 a.m.- Opening and reception of attendees.
9:00 a.m.- Inauguration of the conference by a representative of the Commission in Spain and a representative of European Institutions (Parliament/Commission).
09:30 a.m.- Lecture 1: Current situation of the EU policy guidelines on animal welfare (Copa-Cogeca member).
10:15 a.m.- Lecture 2: The animal welfare of calf fattening, in the Mediterranean system (Dr. Vicente Jimeno).
11:00 a.m.- Presentation 3: Ethics of the carnivore (Dr. Fernando Savater).
11:45 a.m.- Coffee break
12:00h.- Lecture 4: Animal welfare in the Central European sheep herd (Dr. Sàndor Kukovics).
12:45 p.m.- Free presentation of scientific-technical communications, on the Mediterranean systems of beef, sheep and goat meat production.
2:15 p.m.- Networking lunch + poster session.
3:30 p.m.- Presentation 5: EU legislation on animal welfare: current debates and future perspectives (Carolina Cucurella, European Livestock and Meat Trades Union-UECBV).
4:00 p.m.- Lecture 6: Presentations of the market study of the European Program 22/25 (year 1) and of the survey carried out on technicians in the sector (year 2022). It will be presented by each of those responsible.
16:45h.- Round table: Scientific knowledge on animal welfare of ruminants, need to contrast the applicability of the proposals. Table formed by Speakers and Moderated by Dr. Miguel Ángel Aparicio.
5:45 p.m.- Conclusions.
5:50 p.m.- Closing Ceremony.
The Symposium will be held on November 14 at the Headquarters of the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, located at Paseo de la Castellana, 46, in Madrid.