Press release – 713(2006)

Council of Europe hosts international workshop on Animal Welfare

Strasbourg, 20.11.2006 – Closing the gap between legislation meant to assure proper animal welfare across Europe and real practice – from care for animals to their transport – will be the focus of an international workshop at the Council of Europe on 23 and 24 November 2006 (Room 1, Palais de l’Europe).

Co-organised by the Council of Europe’s Animal Welfare Unit and the European Union with the support of the World Organisation for Animal Health, the workshop will examine how current laws and standards on animal welfare across Europe are carried out. It will study the most comprehensive survey so far on the subject, including the participation of all Eastern European and Balkan countries, from Russia to Croatia.

National veterinary and government officials from some 50 countries will share their experiences in promoting and carrying out animal welfare legislation, to achieve a better common understanding of animal welfare rules and practices. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas on best practice and discuss how to overcome social, legal, economic and scientific obstacles that can hinder the effective implementation of animal welfare legislation.

The workshop will also address the role of international organisations in promoting and developing animal welfare, the added value of transnational cooperation, and ways to improve such cooperation.

A press briefing will be organised at 12.30 pm on Friday 24 November in Room 1 of the Palais de l’Europe.

For accreditation, journalists should contact Danielle Schreiber-Somoza on +33 (0)3 88 41 25 44 or

More information is available at, and

Council of Europe Press Division
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11