EU AgriFish Council Meeting Reveals that Member Countries Want to Improve Animal Welfare Legislation

The European Union’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council held a meeting revealing that many member countries are interested in exploring how animal welfare legislation can be improved, including for farmed animals, and how trade policies can be adjusted to reflect these values. Individual countries raised proposals, including a ban on the culling of male chicks, improved welfare standards for fish, poultry, and dairy cows, improved long-distance transport standards, and a ban on fur farming. Others voiced concerns for zoonotic diseases, companion animal welfare, and stricter regulations to curtail illegal trade in animals.