During the year 2001, ADDA, requested to SENASA presidency to create the Animal Welfare Committee, with this request file nº 10.515/2001 was initiated and after one year of going through different areas of SENASA it was finally approved on April 11th, 2002, Resolution 253/02.
In the Resolution 253/02 clauses, among other things, it says “the aspects of Animal Welfare for food producing animals is essential for public health and for protecting consumers”; “The delegates of the members in the 69th General Session of the OIE approved the General Director Work Program for the application of the OIE’s Strategic Third Plan, where for the period between 2001 and 2005 new issues would be tackled, such as food safety and animal well-being”; “It is essential to obtain the consensus of opinions between the different parts of the food chain with the objective of agreeing on the legislative requirements”; “In the European Union the issue on Animal Welfare has been prioritized and is on its way to being applied regarding livestock production and animal transportation”; “It is necessary to revise all procedures regarding animal intervention with the objective of suggesting to the National Service of Animal Health and Food and Agricultural Industry about the acceptable limits on animal welfare in the tasks they carry out”; “Animal Welfare has become an important factor within the food and agricultural chain, for either the creation of highly demanded quality products in foreign markets or for the expectable benefits in the national market”.
Within this Committee, ADDA is part of the executive committee, with the representatives of different organizations involved with farm animals and livestock, as members. Some of these organizations are: INTA, Universities Arentine Veterinarian Federation, some animal protection societies, etc.
At the beginning, Dr. Pedro Torres was Coordinator of the committee, then Dr. Monica Ponce del Valle took his place and has been coordinating all meetings ever since.
The Committee created in Resolution 253 has reached the animal species comprised in Law 3.959 and Decree 1585 from 12.19.1996, where domestic animals, other companionship animals and wild fauna are expressly excluded, regulated by specific norms.
Some of the issues to be treated in the Committee could be:
1. propose actions referred to animal care and animal welfare in National or Provincial plans and programs,
2. propose agreements considered convenient for developing the plans and programs to be implemented.
3. suggest technical training for producers,
4. propose corrections for different rules on animal welfare, etc
ADDA presented to the Committee a project to prohibit force feeding of ducks and geese. This project, together with other for down cattle, were the first project treated for the Committee.
Although the project on downed animals was posponed, Force Feeding was approved at the end of the year 2003.
Animal transportation is of current importance both in national and international scopes, because nations worry about improving the conditions that food producing animals have in going from the places where they are born to fattening facilities or slaughterhouses.
There are still many subjects waiting to be treated by this Committee and we trust the conditions and treatments for animals will be improved.
For more than two years, ADDA is being the only protection society that assists to all the meetings of the Committee.