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20-10-2008 - The theme of this 2nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare, entitled ‘‘Putting the OIE Standards

The theme of this 2nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare, entitled ‘‘

The theme of this 2nd OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare, entitled ‘‘Putting the OIE Standards to Work’, is the worldwide implementation of the OIE Animal Welfare standards for the transport of livestock by land, sea and air; the slaughter of animals for human consumption and the killing of animals for disease control purposes.

With the generous agreement of the Egyptian Government the conference will be held in Cairo on 20 - 22 October 2008 and will highlight the importance that the OIE and the international community place on improving animal welfare in all countries and regions of the world.

The 1st OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare, held in Paris in 2004, was attended by more than 400 participants and helped to pave the way for the unanimous adoption of a first series of international animal welfare standards by the OIE Members, numbering 168 countries in 2005. It is now timely to review where we stand with the implementation of these standards globally.

This 2nd OIE Global Conference will bring together veterinarians, researchers, regulatory officials, stakeholders and international NGO’s who are actively involved in the implementation of animal welfare policies in their countries to share their experiences on the implementation of the OIE standards. The Conference will also focus on the importance of strong Veterinary Services to support the implementation of OIE animal health and welfare standards, as animal health is a very important component of animal welfare.

The conference will include a forum to discuss the challenges that countries face and the best means for the OIE to support their efforts, as well as the needs of the future for the development of additional OIE animal welfare standards and scientific research in this domain.

I am convinced that the veterinary profession and associated professions and partners have the knowledge, expertise and commitment to achieve the goals set for this conference. By working together we can raise the profile of animal welfare worldwide and encourage Veterinary Services, including veterinarians in the private sector, and their partners to take greater responsibility for animal welfare.

Welcome to Cairo

Dr Bernard Vallat
Director General
World Organisation for Animal Health - OIE

, is the worldwide implementation of the OIE Animal Welfare standards for the transport of livestock by land, sea and air; the slaughter of animals for human consumption and the killing of animals for disease control purposes.

With the generous agreement of the Egyptian Government the conference will be held in Cairo on 20 - 22 October 2008 and will highlight the importance that the OIE and the international community place on improving animal welfare in all countries and regions of the world.

The 1st OIE Global Conference on Animal Welfare, held in Paris in 2004, was attended by more than 400 participants and helped to pave the way for the unanimous adoption of a first series of international animal welfare standards by the OIE Members, numbering 168 countries in 2005. It is now timely to review where we stand with the implementation of these standards globally.

This 2nd OIE Global Conference will bring together veterinarians, researchers, regulatory officials, stakeholders and international NGO’s who are actively involved in the implementation of animal welfare policies in their countries to share their experiences on the implementation of the OIE standards. The Conference will also focus on the importance of strong Veterinary Services to support the implementation of OIE animal health and welfare standards, as animal health is a very important component of animal welfare.

The conference will include a forum to discuss the challenges that countries face and the best means for the OIE to support their efforts, as well as the needs of the future for the development of additional OIE animal welfare standards and scientific research in this domain.

I am convinced that the veterinary profession and associated professions and partners have the knowledge, expertise and commitment to achieve the goals set for this conference. By working together we can raise the profile of animal welfare worldwide and encourage Veterinary Services, including veterinarians in the private sector, and their partners to take greater responsibility for animal welfare.

Welcome to Cairo

Dr Bernard Vallat
Director General
World Organisation for Animal Health - OIE


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