The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, funded as OIE) develops communication programmes to provide governments, the agri-food sector, veterinarians and other professionals, including farmers, with accurate, accessible and up-to-date information on animal welfare. It also works with governments, international and regional organisations and the private sector to promote its animal welfare standards and makes information available to the general public to raise awareness and promote progress on animal welfare issues.
These conferences provided an opportunity for WOAH national Delegates and Focal Points, and representatives from international organisations, the private sector, NGOs and civil society to work alongside the WOAH to improve animal welfare worldwide. The recommendations of these conferences are also presented to the World Assembly of Delegates at the WOAH’s annual General Session, paving the way for the development of new standards.
First global conference – Paris (France) in 2004: Adoption of four standards on the transport and slaughter of animals
Link to the proceedings.
Second global conference Cairo (Egypt) in 2008: Support Members in the implementation of animal welfare standards through the use of tools and technical support.
Link to the recommendations & presentations and the proceedings.
Fourth global conference – Guadalajara (Mexico) in 2016: made possible to deliver the WOAH’s recommendations to adopt and implement the Global Animal Welfare Strategy.
Link to the recommendations and presentations.
Animal Welfare Global Forum
At the 85th General Session in 2017, following on from the decision to adopt the Animal Welfare Global Strategy, it was agreed that an Animal Welfare Global Forum would be established to continue the work previously started by the Working Group. This Forum aims to foster dialogue between countries and relevant international stakeholders on challenging animal welfare topics, on difficulties implementing animal welfare standards and on priority issues for the WOAH work programme on animal welfare.
Awareness-raising campaign to help control stray dog populations
Since 2016, the WOAH has been providing support to Members to run communication campaigns to handle the increase in the number of stray dogs. The objective of such campaigns is to significantly reduce the number of dogs abandoned in the streets by encouraging children and adults who currently own dogs, or who may own them in the future, to take responsibility for their animals.
This campaign initially targeted Balkan countries, where difficulties in controlling stray dog populations cause significant problems for human health and for the health and welfare of animals. Several countries in Europe and Western Eurasia have also expressed interest in this campaign, which is currently being adapted for use in French overseas territories.
More information available in the Press Release: Initiative of the WOAH to control stray dog population