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Synergies between North-Americaand The European Union on animal welfare research & education Adroaldo J. ZanellaSAC – Animal & Veterinary Sciences Research Group Norwegian University of Life Sciences Department of Zoology, Michigan State University 1
Animal Welfare Indicators(AWIN)• I am speaking on behalf of 10 Institutions in nine countries, representing 50 scientists, who have the mandate, from the European Union to develop scientific indicators of animal welfare (FP7-KBBE-2010-4) – www.animal-welfare-indicators.net 2
Bonus contribution...outdated? • I am also bringing to the discussion some aspects of my experience from my work at Michigan State University (1996-2006) where I established a vibrant animal welfare research and teaching programme. 3
FP7-KBBE-2010-4 program:• Development, integration and dissemination of animal-based welfare indicators, including indicators of pain, in commercially important husbandry species, with special emphasis on small ruminants, equidae and turkeys
Beneficiary institutions 5
Our goal• Our goal is to integrate fundamental and applied questions in animal welfare with an innovative way to communicate with stakeholders and interested parties.
Balanced template• Legislation• Research• Market driven tools• Education, capacity building and training• Communication• ...
DG SANCO mapping• Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) independent evaluation of the European Policy on Animal Welfare (EUPAW) (Food Policy Evaluation Consortium, GHK Consulting in association with ADAS, UK) – Final report summarized in11 main points – I will address 3 of the points in our discussion 9
DG SANCO 3 (out 11):• EU funding for research and scientific advice on animal welfare, totalling about €15 million annually, has made a positive contribution to policy. – Most funding has been for farm animals and the development of techniques to facilitate the replacement of in vivo animal testing. 10
EU and USA 3 (out 11):• A comprehensive mapping of research funding will be addressed by the ERA-NET ANIHWA and AWIN in Europe. – Are there initiatives to map funding strategies in other parts of the world? – Are there initiatives to sponsor zoo, wild and companion animal welfare research? 11
DG SANCO 4 (out 11):• The extent to which EU communication actions have raised stakeholder and public awareness and responsibility towards animal welfare is unclear. – Communication strategy and stronger monitoring and evaluation are needed. 12
EU and USA 4 (out 11):• We (AWIN) are developing a novel concept to communicate with stakeholders and interested parties through the Global Hub for Research and Education in Animal Welfare. – Are there opportunities for collaborative work to promote transparency in animal welfare? 13
Work package 4 (WP4)• The GLOBAL HUB will, initially, optimize “immediate” dissemination of our scientific work – We have a team of programmers, in three institutions, who are developing cutting edge IT tools to facilitate communication with stakeholders and interested parties
Accessible information• We are developing a collection of “learning objects”, in several species, available to interested parties and stakeholders http://www.animal-welfare-indicators.net/site/learningobjects/awesome/painindicators/p
Technology for the platform• We are developing new software applications with our team of programmers • To offer interactivity and flexibility to conduct on-farm welfare assessment • To search, update and share information hosted in the Global Hub for Research and Education in Animal Welfare. 16
Potential opportunities• To develop a Global Welfare Assessment/ Judging competition. Following the model which I developed together with Camie Heleski, at Michigan State University (11th competition in 2011). http://www.umb.no/animal-welfare-library/article/about-us
MSU’s Animal WelfareResources
DG SANCO 5 (out 11):• The EU’s international initiatives have helped to raise awareness and create a shared international understanding of animal welfare issues and standards, particularly with trading partners in markets for food products. – There is much more to do. 20
DG SANCO 5 (out 11):• The EU Animal Welfare Strategy Conference (29/02-01/03) had representation from 48 countries• The meeting today is another example of the EU efforts to engage international partners – The USA is EU largest trading partner 21
AWIN and Global Networks 22
Concluding remarks (2)• We would like to discuss cooperation with other initiatives• Ongoing discussions: – FAO Gateway which is a phenomenal resource – Istituto G. Caporale – EU funded projects: AWARE, ERA-Net ANIHWA
Concluding remarks (3)• Our goal is to foster collaboration among stakeholders, interested parties to address issues in animal welfare• Issues that have comparative aspects are of great importance to our research goals• Global networks of excellence will be facilitated.
Acknowledgments• EU Institue & DG SANCO• FPVII team www.animal-welfare-indicators.net
Evaluation of the EU Policy on Animal Welfare and Possible Options for the Future Final ReportEvaluation team: Matt Rayment & Puja Asthana, GHK Heleen van de Weerd & Jason Gittins, ADAS Janet Talling, Fera