FARM ANIMAL WELFARE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AND TRADITIONAL PRACTICES: A CASE STUDY OF WELANIMAL PARTNER COUNTRIES CERINŢELE LEGALE ŞI PRACTICILE TRADIŢIONALE ÎN DOMENIUL BUNĂSTĂRII ANIMALELOR DE FERMĂ: STUDIUL DE CAZ AL ŢĂRILOR PARTENERE WELANIMAL
According to the Amsterdam Treaty, animals are sentient creatures and animal welfare requirements should be precisely met while preparing and implementing the Commission laws. Accomplishing this, cultural, religious and regional characteristics should be considered. However, more and more regulations and laws are continuously introduced in Europe and worldwide. Ongoing WELANIMAL Project was financed by EU Commission adapting of vocational training products and results of training tools of
... ning tools of WELFOOD related to the animal welfare-environment-food quality interactions is being enriched with consideration of cultural, socioeconomic and religious approaches in order to determine a common work definition for all sectorial workers having different moral and social values on the subject of animal welfare and food safety Central and Southeastern Europe region. Although there is slight differences, national legislation in partner countries of EU in Project were harmonious with legal framework in EU regarding for all farm species. It is expected that three draft regulations in compliance with legal requirements animal protection in farms and during transportation and slaughtering and killing in Turkey, as a candidate country to membership into EU, in 2009. Also, due to in participating countries to the Project have ethnicity, history, tradition and religious structure show a great diversity it has been guessed that welfare concept which is a moral issue can be effected by people's cultural, religious and social composition. In the WELANIMAL Project, the effects of socio-cultural, religious and regional historical differences of workers and consumers within animal production chain on understanding of animal welfare concepts are being analysed. Furthermore in the light of obtained data a common vocational animal welfare definition and animal welfare, food quality and environment interaction will be 517 evaluated. Through the Project web page (www.welanimal.aku.edu.tr) interactive training and certification will be accomplished. This paper intents to provide an overview of legal framework including Council Directives and National legislation laying down minimum welfare standards and traditional practices in Central and Sought eastern Europe in which WELANIMAL Project is ongoing.