Development of a Global Federation of Higher Animal Welfare Assurance

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The Global Federation of Higher Animal Welfare Assurance (GFHAWA) is a group of higher welfare farm assurance schemes and standards setters from across the globe that share the common vision of increasing the production and consumption of higher animal welfare products. The vision is to create an authentic global source of higher welfare products, which will increase demand by improving the identification, availability and supply of such products. GFHAWA will provide the first independent evidence-based higher welfare certificate of authenticity, providing higher welfare transparency throughout the supply chain to leverage buyers towards higher welfare products. The federation was established in late 2017 and has been provided with initial funding by the Farm Animal Welfare Forum (FAWF). Standards that outline what constitutes higher welfare for all major farmed species (broilers, laying hens, turkeys, pigs, dairy and beef cattle, sheep, goats, fish) are being developed, along with ‘good life tiers’ for laying hens, broilers, pigs, dairy and beef cattle; these outline resources on farm which provide animals with increasing good life opportunities. What animals want versus what they need is central to the founding schemes’ ethos and developing requirements for higher welfare. Standards and tiers are based on scientific evidence, expert stakeholder opinion, and on-farm trials. Market research is being carried out to inform the development of the federation’s business model, and the aim is to launch the organisation in early 2020. The federation is an example of global collaboration between organisations and individuals with the shared passion of driving improvement in the welfare of farmed animals on a worldwide scale.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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