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Trade and Animal Welfare

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Ensure that imports of animal-based products from third countries fully respect EU animal welfare standards

In the last decade, the trade in animal products between the EU and non-EU countries has almost doubled. This trade is often detrimental to animal welfare because most international trade agreements neglect animal welfare issues. Liberalising trade without safeguarding animal welfare implies opening European markets to cheap poor welfare products which challenges the competitiveness of European producers who must comply with high animal welfare standards. It is fundamental that trade deals include provisions to ensure imported animal-based products fully respect EU animal welfare standards. Mandatory method of production labelling in the EU would aid compliance of imports and foster the development of higher welfare systems in the EU and third countries.