Animal welfare plays an increasingly important role in our society: societal views on the use of animals by humans and on the human – animal relationship are changing rapidly within many European countries.
Because of these interest and concerns, various European countries have set up Animal Welfare Councils to provide national governments and others with sound scientific and ethical advice about animal welfare.
In 2006, we founded EuroFAWC: the European Forum for Animal Welfare Councils. EuroFAWC provides a platform for informed debate, for sharing information and views and a network for members of the Animal Welfare Councils throughout Europe (i.e. all countries that belong to the Council of Europe). Several international organisations, such as OIE and the European Commission, have observer status.
For a list of members see: Members of EuroFAWC (3rd button top menu)
Because most Animal Welfare Councils have been established to provide their national governments with expert, independent advice, EuroFAWC is not set up to act on behalf of its members. Instead, we share our mutual experiences, knowledge and findings – for example on pig castration and housing of dairy cattle – through our forum and publish our common position on this website. We also provide a network of like-minded contacts for our members.