The 167-member OIE has adopted standards on animal welfare:
Standards on animal welfare, included in 4 chapters, were adopted (i.e. slaughter for human consumption, including religious slaughter; land and sea transport of animals; humane killing of animals for disease control purposes). For the 1st time, an organisation with a global mandate provides the international community with standards in this field.
The standards went into effect at the conclusion of the 73rd General Session on Friday, May 27, 2005.
Details to follow shortly.