Equines in the revised animal welfare legislation
Equines have varied status within the EU. They can be used for multiple purposes including companionship, leisure, sports, production or work. Sometimes, they fulfil more than one of these roles in their lifetime. Although bred for these other roles, many are subsequently used for meat production purposes. This situation means that equines often fall between the lines of legislation and are not adequately protected.
The objective of this briefing is to define the modalities for inclusion of equines within the different instruments forming the revised animal welfare legislation.