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Type Organizations
Name Council of Europe
Organization type Multilateral organization
Address Avenue de l’Europe - 67075 Strasbourg Cedex - France
Tel/Fax Tel. +33 (0)3 88 41
Email infopoint@coe.int
Tel/Fax Tel. +33 (0)3 88 41
Description The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg (France), now covers virtually the entire European continent, with its 47 member countries. Founded on 5 May 1949 by 10 countries, the Council of Europe seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights and other reference texts on the protection of individuals. The Council of Europe has been creating international agreements related to animal welfare since the 1960s. The COE has the largest set of international standards on animal welfare covering slaughter, transport, farmed animals, pets and laboratory animals. They are developed by a transparent democratic process by agreement of the parties to the conventions using both science and practical experience and taking account of the views of observers such as: international welfare Scientists (ISAE) welfare organisations (WSPA, Eurogroup), Veterinarians (FVE) and farmers (COPACOCEGA). Compliance with these conventions is monitored through multilateral consultation and, in the case of Farmed animals by a Standing Committee which is known as the TAP ( Treaty Animal Protection). For example, the European Convention for the Protection of Animals during International Transport, was first drafted in 1968 and revised in 2003. It lays down general conditions for animal transportation. Detailed Recommendations have been created for pigs, horses, cattle, sheep and goats, and poultry. The European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes, was drafted in 1976 . It gives basic principles for the keeping, care and housing of animals, especially in intensive breeding systems. Detailed Recommendations were subsequently prepared for, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, domestic fowls, ducks, geese, Muscovy ducks, turkeys, ratites, animals and farmed fish (Council of Europe 2008). The Convention (which has been ratified by 33 countries) is open to accession by non-European countries and Recommendations are soft law instruments that may be implemented by all countries; ratification by trading partners could provide one means of establishing equivalence of animal welfare standards. The Conventions on animal welfare of the Council of Europe have been the basis of EU legislation on animals welfare and indeed are part of the Aquis of the European Union.
Website http://www.coe.int/t/e/legal_affairs/legal_co-operation/biological_safety%2C_use
Language of work [press Ctrl to select/un-select] English
Regions of expertise Europe