At the project inception, the Australian and New Zealand World Animal Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare and Bioethical Analysis teamed up with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) to increase awareness of standards for slaughter and transportation via land, sea and air in SE Asia; The Animal Welfare Standards Project. This stage of the project was funded by the New Zealand, Australian and Malaysian governments, World Animal Protection and UPM, with contributions from the Humane Slaughter Association and the lead organisation, the University of Queensland in Australia. In this phase, emphasis was placed on slaughter and transport, and workshops were conducted in China, Thailand, Viet Nam and Malaysia, along with research.
With funding secured from Open Philanthropy for phase two of this project, work is now focusing on capacity building through training and research with local collaborators. Farming and slaughter are a focus, and China is the primary country collaborator for this phase.
China is the world’s highest producer of farmed pork, chicken and eggs, with over half a billion pigs thought to be on farms, 20 million slaughtered per week, 5 billion chickens raised for slaughter per year and estimates of over 2,600 billion hens in battery cages (FAO, 2016).
We are proud to bring back the internationally renowned team from phase one, adding more leading subject matter experts to the team, and again collaborating with our partners at Southern China Agricultural University.
The primary objectives are designed to support the OIE Regional Animal Welfare Strategy for South East Asia, through local collaboration and expertise.
The objectives are;
1. To enhance stakeholder knowledge of OIE slaughter and farming systems standards in China.
2. To utilise Subject Matter Experts to provide training for key personnel involved in farming systems and slaughter practices in China, with the aim of improving animal welfare standards.
3. To conduct valuable social research to determine attitudes to farming and slaughter amongst key stakeholders, and perceived motivations and barriers to improved welfare practices.