Welfare Quality® Assessment protocol for cattle
Welfare Quality® consortium, represented by the coordinator ASG Veehouderij BV, Lelystad, The Netherlands
1 de outubro de 2009
Animal welfare is an important attribute of an overall ‘food quality concept’ and consumers expect their animal-related products, especially food, to be produced with respect for the welfare of the animals. Recent surveys carried out by the European Commission as well as studies within the Welfare Quality® project, confirm that animal welfare is an issue of considerable significance for European consumers and that European citizens show a strong commitment to animal welfare. In order to accommodate societal concerns about the welfare quality of animal food products as well as related market demands, e.g. welfare as a constituent aspect of product quality, there is a pressing need for reliable science based systems for assessing the animals’ welfare status.