The European Commission has launched a public consultation as part of a one-year study of its strategy for the protection and welfare of animals.

The strategy was adopted in 2012 and set out a number of priorities and actions aimed at improving the welfare of animals. They were completed in 2018.

Following a review of the strategy, the European Court of Auditors recommended that the strategy be evaluated to assess whether it delivered on its objectives and to inform future initiatives on animal welfare.

Farm to Fork

It is likely the consultation will feed into the EU’s plan for a sustainable food production system called the Farm to Fork strategy, which includes provisions for tighter animal welfare legislation.

EU citizens, experts and stakeholders will have until 15 June to submit their views which will form part of the independent study of the strategy.

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