This Report considers whether the vision implicit in the Brambell report of 1965 has been realized for animals farmed either intensively or extensively. It examines the development of Government and commercial policies on farm animal welfare since that seminal report 44 years ago and looks forward over the next 20 years. The effectiveness of Government policy, its implementation and the enforcement of laws and regulations are examined, along with the development of private sector initiatives to ensure a high standard of welfare for farm animals. The Report explores the ethical principles underpinning farm animal welfare and sets strategic goals.
Progress since the Brambell report
The Brambell report led to or inspired: strong legislation to protect farm animals; Codes of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock; significant advances in the science of animal welfare; greater emphasis on welfare in the curricula of agricultural and veterinary students and in training programs for farmers and stockmen; development of farm assurance schemes; regular surveillance of farm animal welfare by Animal Health and other agencies; independent advice about farm animal welfare to the Government; general improvements in farming systems and animal husbandry; and raised awareness and expectations of some consumers about farm animal welfare.
Farm Animal Welfare Council (2009) Animal Welfare in Great Britain: Past, Present and Future. FAWC, 17 Smith Square, London. http://www.fawc.org.uk.