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European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes

The purpose of this Convention, signed under the auspices of the Council of Europe, is to lay down minimum common standards for the protection of animals kept for farming purposes in the signatory countries.

ACT

Council Decision 78/923/EEC of 19 June 1978 concerning the conclusion of the European Convention for the protection of animals kept for farming purposes.

Council Decision 92/583/EEC of 14 December 1992 on the conclusion of the Protocol of amendment to the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes.

SUMMARY

This Convention applies to animals reared or kept for the production of food, wool, skin or fur or for other farming purposes, including animals resulting from genetic modifications or new genetic combinations. It concerns, in particular, animals kept in intensive stock-farming systems.

The aim of the Convention is to protect farm animals against any unnecessary suffering or injury caused by their housing, the feed they are given or the care they receive. In order to achieve that objective, those countries that have signed the Convention must comply with certain rules concerning, among other thing, farming premises (space and the environment), feed, animal health and the organisation of inspections of the technical installations used in modern intensive stock-farming systems.

The Convention creates a Standing Committee to monitor its application. The Committee may draw up and adopt recommendations to the signatory countries.

References

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Decision 78/923/EEC

19.6.1978

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OJ L 323, 17.11.1978

Decision 92/583/EEC

14.12.1992

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OJ L 395, 31.12.1992

RELATED ACTS

General Directive concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes

Council Directive 98/58/EC [Official Journal L 221 of 8.8.1998]. This Directive lays down general rules on the protection of animals, of whatever species, including fish, reptiles and amphibians, reared for the production of food, wool, skin or fur or for other farming purposes.

Directives specific to certain species

HensCouncil Directive 1999/74/EC [Official Journal L 203 of 3.8.1999].

CalvesCouncil Directive 2008/119/EC [Official Journal L 10 of 15.1.2009].

PigsCouncil Directive 2008/120/EC [Official Journal L 47 of 18.2.2009].

Last updated: 04.05.2011

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