Farm animal welfare standards are documents aimed at ensuring good farming practices. They cover various aspects of animal life, such as nutrition, the environment in which they live, how they are treated, their health, and the process of transport and slaughter. All the food we eat is subject to veterinary inspection control and must be produced in accordance with the so-called minimum animal welfare standards defined by the Animal Welfare Act. It is the responsibility of every manufacturer, carrier and slaughterhouse to comply with these minimum standards.
In recent years, there has been a growing consumer awareness of the importance of eating quality, safe and healthy foods. Consumers believe that farm animals should be kept, fed and reproduced in natural conditions in such a way that their needs are met and that they can display their natural behavior. They want more than minimum standards: they want to buy foods that are produced in a process where greater animal welfare is ensured. For this reason, there are several private certification schemes in the European Union countries that guarantee consumers that a particular product is made in compliance with these high farm animal welfare standards.
Every time you spend money, you‘re casting a vote for the kind of world you want (Anna Lappe, author of a book on sustainable nutrition).
In Serbia, based on the results of a national farm animal welfare survey and experience from European countries, ORCA has drafted higher standards for farm animal welfare. These standards have been developed and adapted by leading European animal welfare experts from the University of Bristol (UK) and the British Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) with the support of local experts and based on EU practices. These are initial versions of the standard, so there is room for amendments before their final adoption. ORCA believes that the application of these standards will contribute to the development of good agricultural practices on farms, provide better conditions for farm animals, improve their health and wellbeing, contribute to the prevention of the spread of infectious animal diseases, increase profits for producers and provide healthy, quality and safe animal products for consumers.