ICFAW: Representing global animal welfare organisations at the OIE
ICFAW was formed in 2001 to represent non-governmental animal welfare organisations from all over the world at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
It is composed of organisations that share the primary objectives of preventing cruelty to animals and relieving their suffering. They use different strategies depending on the nature of the task, and the region and country in which they work.
The coalition plays an important role in the OIE in four ways:
- They contribute to the decision-making process in drawing up guidelines by having experts on the working groups, and offering comments, advice and information
- An expert from one of ICFAW member organisations is a member of the OIE working group on animal welfare.
- ICFAW members work in over 150 countries worldwide raising standards of animal welfare and assisting in implementing the agreed OIE guidelines through training, technology transfer and grant aided funds. An overview of this work was presented to the OIE General assembly in May 2009
- The coalition produces position statements on issues such as private standards or chickens bred for meat
ICFAW believes that animal health and animal welfare are intrinsically linked and that therefore the OIE has a major role to play in this domain, for the benefit of people and animals alike.
Working together for better welfare
The member organisations of ICFAW have together hundreds of years of experience in dealing with animal welfare, work in 150 countries worldwide, employ over 2,000 members of staff including over a hundred scientists and veterinarians and have millions of supporters. They work on all the issues on which the OIE is drawing up guidelines (wildlife, companion animals, animals used for scientific purposes and farm animals), provide standards for and audit a private standards scheme (Freedom Food) and assist developing countries with implementing the agreed OIE guidelines.
For more detailed information please contact the specific organisations directly.