Links on animal welfare
Farm animals in general
A single access point for a wide range of information related to the welfare of farm animals. A participatory platform to retrieve and submit information, as well as to engage in commonly developed projects and thematic discussions.
Research results from the Animal Sciences Unit of the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) in diverse aspects of cattle, pig and poultry husbandry in the perspective of a system. To increase social acceptability of livestock production, research focuses on the development of methods and strategies to evaluate and improve animal welfare. Service is also provided by the Reference lab for research in animal nutrition and the nutritional value of animal products.
The Centre was established to focus and coordinate research and academic resources of the three collaborating organisations, providing the animal industries, animal users, farming communities, Government and the academic and general community with an internationally competitive research, training and teaching resource in animal welfare science.
Welfare of Broilers
Welfare of egg-layers
Beak trimming has historically been performed in commercial table egg layers (kept in either cage, barn or free range systems), breeding turkeys, some commercial turkey flocks, broiler breeders and Barbary/mule ducks. This Opinion covers the consequences of beak trimming for the welfare of laying hens and includes an appraisal of a new technique, infrared beak treatment (as developed by the US company, Nova-Tech), which has potential advantages over traditional methods of beak trimming.
Transportation of poultry and their welfare
This leaflet provides guidance on the EU Council Regulation on the protection of animals during
transport and related operations, and on the implementing legislation for England, Scotland, Wales
and Northern Ireland. The Regulation came into force on 5 January 2007, with requirements for a
certificate of competence on 5 January 2008, and satellite navigation systems for road vehicles on 1
Slaughter of poultry and their welfare
Information on the welfare of poultry at slaughter. This page include technical, scientific and legal information essential for anyone involved in the killing of farmed animals for food.