Animal welfare

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Animal welfare

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Animal welfare


These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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Animal welfare

The European Union recognises animals as sentient beings that deserve protection. Community legislation sets minimum requirements in order to spare animals from any unnecessary suffering in three main areas: farming, transport and slaughter. It also tackles other issues, such as animal experiments and the fur trade. The 2006-2010 action plan sets out the broad outlines for European intervention in this field, both within the EU and beyond its borders.


  • Action plan on animal welfare 2006-2010


  • European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes
  • Protection of farmed animals
  • Protection of chickens kept for meat production
  • Protection of laying hens
  • The protection of pigs
  • Protection of calves intended for slaughter
  • The keeping of wild animals in zoos


  • Animal welfare during transport
  • Community standards on staging points


  • European Convention on the protection of animals at the time of slaughter
  • Protection of animals at the time of killing


  • Protection of laboratory animals
  • Cosmetic products (from 2013)
  • Cosmetic products (until 2013)
  • Ban on trade in cat and dog fur
  • Trade in seal products

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