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Better animal welfare as a result of responsible, proper animal husbandry: this has been one of the cornerstones of organic agriculture since the very start. For all that, checking on animal welfare has so far not been part of the organic inspection prescribed in the EU regulation. The objective of the AWARE project, which is financed by the European Union, is therefore to develop a pan-European inspection concept for criteria applicable to each animal species and make it available to the organic inspection bodies.

In an international project seminar on animal welfare held in Bristol, UK, on 14th/15th March, 2017, the partners in the project arrived at a joint agreement on the criteria to be applied to each animal species and on inspection concepts for various breeds of livestock which can be implemented throughout Europe.

Naturland brings particular expertise to the project, because it had already developed uniform criteria for systematic animal welfare inspection in co-operation with other organic associations in Germany, and put them to the test in practice in 2014 for the first time. In 2015 these jointly devised animal welfare checks were then refined accordingly. Naturland now brings its experience in this field to AWARE, the animal welfare project, at European level.