Why is the welfare of farm animals so important?

In today’s world, as we increasingly focus on health and the environment, the topic of farm animal welfare is gaining importance. What is welfare and why is it crucial? The answer to this question is not simple, but in short, animal welfare means creating conditions in which animals can live according to their natural needs and behaviours, resulting in better animal health and higher quality animal-derived products.

According to the Farm Animal Welfare Council, the first principle of animal welfare is freedom from hunger, thirst, and malnutrition, achieved by providing access to fresh water and food that will maintain the animals’ health and strength. The other principles involve ensuring freedom from mental distress and pain, freedom from injury, disease, and pain, freedom to express natural behaviour, and freedom from fear and distress.

In the European Union, animal welfare is protected at various levels, from national to EU-wide regulations, as well as international conventions such as the European Convention for the Protection of Animals Kept for Farming Purposes. These regulations cover different aspects of animal care, from transportation and housing conditions to slaughter methods.

However, we must not forget that animal welfare is not only a matter of ethics and empathy. Research shows that animals kept in good conditions are healthier, develop better, and yield higher-quality products. For example, studies published in the Journal of Dairy Science have shown that dairy cows kept in conditions that meet their behavioural needs produce more milk of better quality.

The impact of animal welfare on environmental conservation and climate is also invaluable. For instance, research published in Environmental Science & Technology demonstrates that farms implementing animal welfare-enhancing practices emit fewer greenhouse gases per unit of product.

Therefore, the welfare of farm animals should be one of the key elements in discussions about the future of agriculture and meat production. It is not only an ethical issue but also a practical benefit for producers and consumers. That is why our platform will regularly provide insights into topics related to this subject, presenting the latest scientific findings and best practices implemented worldwide.

To initiate this discussion, we invite you to explore several key topics:

Animal welfare standards in Poland: What are the current legal regulations regarding animal welfare in Poland? What are the essential standards that breeders must meet? We will discuss issues such as living space, access to water and food, providing suitable shelter, and enabling animals to express natural behaviours.

Comparison of animal welfare standards worldwide: We will examine the regulations concerning animal welfare in other countries and how Poland compares to them. We will present examples of good practices that could be implemented in our country.

The connection between animal welfare and meat quality: Based on scientific research, we will demonstrate how animal welfare affects the quality of produced meat. We will discuss the impact of stress on meat quality and the benefits of providing animals with good living conditions.

Animal welfare and environmental conservation: We will explore how animal welfare-compliant farming practices contribute to environmental conservation and climate protection. We will cite research examples showing that sustainable farming can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the management of natural resources.

We are delighted to share this knowledge with you, and we firmly believe that together we can contribute to improving the living conditions of farm animals and promoting sustainable development in Polish agriculture.

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