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EU-Referenzzentrum für Tierschutz bei Wiederkäuern und Equiden

Project Leader
Winckler Christoph, BOKU Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Schenkenfelder Josef, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Livestock Sciences (NUWI)
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
The work programme of the third European Union Reference Centre for Animal Welfare (EURCAW-RE) considers the welfare of ruminants and equines and concerns the following animals: Ruminants (domestic animals of the family Bovidae such as bovine (including Bubalus and Bison species), ovine and caprine), other farmed ruminant species such as deer (e.g. Cervus elaphus); and equines (meaning domestic species of the Equidae family such as horses (Equus caballus), donkeys (Equus asinus) and their crossings). The Centre’s activities may also cover domestic camelids such as Llamas and Alpacas.
The activities of EURCAW-RE concern production animals as well as animals kept for scientific purposes and for leisure. The Centre will address the entire life cycle including housing and management, transport, slaughter and killing (e.g. for disease control purposes).
The role of Reference Centres for Animal Welfare is closely connected with the enforcement of EU animal welfare rules by developing and disseminating knowledge and tools to assist the NCAs in performing better official controls. The Centres also help stakeholders understand the rules, how to comply with these rules as well as the possible control methods to be used by National Competent Authorities.
EURCAW-RE will provide the competent authorities with access to consistent technical data, research findings, new techniques and expertise necessary for the correct application of Union legislation applicable in the field of animal welfare. Furthermore, the activities of EURCAW-RE include the provision of scientific and technical expertise to relevant national scientific support networks or bodies through training courses for staff and dissemination of research findings and technical innovations. These missions lead to five activity categories defined in the work program. The main activities include 1) Identification of animal welfare indicators, methods for assessment and improvement, 2) Scientific and technical studies, 3) Training courses and, 4) Dissemination of research findings and innovations.
Animal Breeding, Animal Production; Animal welfare;
equids; legislation; Animal welfare; implementation; ruminants;
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