New tool that can revolutionise trade agreements
Poor animal welfare practices could increase the risk of disease outbreaks according to the second edition of the Animal Protection Index (API). As animal welfare gains increasing prominence in the EU’s trade negotiations, the API shows that some countries are still missing the basic legal framework needed to protect animals. Also, many countries do not formally recognise animal sentience in their existing legislation.
Trade negotiations, which began on 2nd March between the European Union and the United Kingdom, focused strongly on the “level playing field” for standards and regulation between the UK and the EU.
Good animal welfare practices helps prevent disease and the recent outbreak of coronavirus proves that. By keeping animals clean, healthy, and providing sufficient space for them to exhibit natural behavior will ultimately combat the threat of zoonotic diseases.Kelly Dent, Global Director of External Engagement at World Animal Protection
It is important that trade negotiators recognise animal welfare as a vital part of trade negotiations and the Animal Protection Index can guide governments to make the right decisions... Recent global developments have proved that high animal welfare standards are vital to protect public health, the environment and animals.David Garrahy, External Affairs Advisor at World Animal Protection