EconWelfare is a European research project aiming to provide
suggestions for national and European policy makers to further
improve farm animal welfare. In collaboration with stakeholder
groups it collates and investigates policy options and their impacts
on the livestock production chain, the animal and European society.
EconWelfare addresses the following four key questions:
What are the current welfare initiatives and standards within
the EU and in the EU’s most important trading countries?
What are the strength and weaknesses of these initiatives and
standards to the animal, society and the production chain?
What policy instruments can be designed to promote high(er)
animal welfare standards as aimed at in the Action Plan on
Animal Welfare, and how can progress in the pathway towards
these standards be monitored?
What are the benefits and costs of upgraded welfare standards
and what are the implications for international trading patterns?
On the base of these four questions the project will address
recommendations for sound scientific research and policy instruments
to achieve the plans set out in the Action Plan.