Animal welfare was first identified as a priority in the OIE’s Third Strategic Plan 2001-2005. OIE Member Countries mandated the organisation to take the lead internationally on animal welfare and, as the international reference organisation for animal health, to elaborate standards and guidelines covering animal welfare practices, reaffirming that animal health is a key component of animal welfare.
From this perspective, the OIE is committed to improve the welfare of animals globally and to enhance the positive relationship between humans and animals.
To date, sixteen animal welfare chapters have been adopted by OIE Member Countries. However, implementation of the standards varies around the world. Experience tells us that to implement OIE standards within diverse cultural, economic and religious contexts a variety of tools are needed as well as balanced relationships with committed partners both from the public and private sectors.
us contexts a variety of tools are needed as well as balanced relationships with committed partners both from the public and private sectors.
Source: 4th OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare
A side of questions bouncing out of this press release that I [DrGuy] was involved with
How do all the different state government veterinary departments stack up?
Are we all operating to the same metrics?
Are we ready in the event of an emergency animal disease?
We have received a brilliant scorecard, but this is not the time to be sitting on our laurels, but to look towards identifying and addressing our gaps in order to be the world leaders in animal health and welfare.
Source: International report confirms more government vets are needed | Australian Veterinary Association
The OIE are hosting a photo competition. Perfect opportunity for any keen photographers out there!
The winners of the 2016 OIE PHOTO COMPETITION will therefore be the photographers who best illustrate, both from an artistic and a descriptive point of view, the work carried out by animal welfare players, in particular by Veterinary services both in their public and private components, to promote and protect animal welfare worldwide in the context of the OIE welfare standards’ implementation.
Photos illustrating the crucial interaction between humans and animals as well as the links between animal health and animal welfare will be given preference when selecting the winners. The jury will also consider the creativity of the photo caption.
Source: LAUNCH OF THE 2016 OIE PHOTO COMPETITION: OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health