Farm Animal Advisory Welfare Council


Web address


Scope/mission statement

  • Established in 2002
  • Provides a forum for different interest groups to meet, exchange divergent views and reach consensus on the broad mandate of challenges facing farm animal welfare
  • All members have a common purpose and share the view that animal welfare is an issue of very high importance.



The 18 members Council appointed by the Minister for Agriculture and Food is composed of representatives from the farming organisations, the veterinarian representative body, those involved in the transport of animals and animal welfare groups



Working methods

The Council convenes 5 times a year but Standing Committees and Working Groups meet more frequently. These groups undertake the detailed analysis and prepare recommendations for the Council's consideration.



  • Animal Welfare Guidelines/Codes of Practice
  • Annual Reports
  • Scientific Reports


Contact details

The Secretary
Farm Animal Welfare Advisory Council
Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine
4 Centre Agriculture House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2