Study on the application of the broiler directive DIR 2007/43/EC and development of welfare indicators
Final report - Study
According to Article 6(3) of Directive 2007/43/EC (the “Directive”), the Commission shall submit to the European Parliament and to the Council a report concerning the application of the Directive and its influence on the welfare of chickens, as well as the development of welfare indicators. This study, carried out by the Food Chain Evaluation Consortium, and led by Agra CEAS Consulting, provides an overview of broiler production in the EU. It also sets out the implementation of the Directive and the use made of animal-based welfare indicators used in slaughterhouses to provide information on... animal welfare on-farm. The study was based on a literature review, which drew on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) research into animal-based indicators and DG Health and Food Safety audit reports concerning implementation in various Member States. This was supplemented by an online survey of Member State competent authorities and a separate survey of national AVEC members representing the poultry industry. Full case studies were carried out in the seven main poultry producing Member States (France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK). Partial case studies, focusing on the use of animal welfare indicators, were carried out in Denmark and Sweden. Interviews were carried out with EU level stakeholder organisations.