The Netherlands



Council on Animal Affairs

(Raad voor Dierenaangelegenheden, RDA)


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Scope/Mission statement:

The Council on Animal Affairs is an expert panel advising the minister of Agriculture on issues regarding animal welfare and animal health. The Council's advice is based on the latest scientific, social and ethical developments. The Council's views cover farm and companion animals, horses, zoo animals and semi- and nonkept animals.



Short outline of structure:

The Council on Animal Affairs consists of independent experts. These experts are either scientific experts or experts in a specific field of animal husbandry. Experts of the latter category are appointed in the Council for their specific knowledge and/or their network in their respective fields.


All members of the Council are appointed in a personal capacity: their membership is therefore independent and without charge or consultation. Members of the Council working in a specific field of animal husbandry are by no means representatives of any sector or organisation.


The Council comprises of a wide range of experts. As the members of the Council will be asked to participate in a certain Forum (see Outline of working methods underneath) when their specific expertise is required there is no formal restriction set to the number of members in the Council.



Recent reports:


Duty of Care, Naturally; on the moral responsibilities towards semi- and nonkept animals, and on the our subsequent duty of care.


Profitable Welfare; presenting the means and methods to apply economics and innovations to improve farm animal welfare.



Breeding and Reproductive Technologies; introducing a framework for adressing moral issues regarding animal breeding and reproductive technologies.


Moral Issues and Public Policy on Animals; introducing the Assessment Model for Animal Policies.



Responsible Animal Keeping; a fundamental approach to the roles and responsibilities regarding captive animals.



Visibly Better; on the roles and responsibilities of veterinarians.




Council on animal affairs 2011-2013; Part 1: published opinions.

Council on animal affairs 2011-2013; Part 2: effects, activities and people.



One Health: A Policy Assessment Framework; Unsolicited advisory report.



Antibiotic Policy in Animal Husbandry; effects and perspectives: report

Antibiotic Policy in Animal Husbandry; effects and perspectives: summary




Contact details:

Raad voor Dierenaangelegenheden


Council on Animal Affairs




telephone:   ++ 31 70 378 5266




M.H.W. (Marc) Schakenraad (MSc)

First Secretary

telephone:   ++ 31 70 378 5266




Ms. P.A. (Paola) van Bladeren

Management Assistant

P.O. Box 20401


The Netherlands

telephone:    ++ 31 70 378 5266





All publications of the Council on Animal Affairs from 1995 till now can be found on the website All current reports are available in English.