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Bringing together experts in research, development and training
to support animal welfare

The French Reference Centre for Animal Welfare brings together experts in research, development and training in order to enhance and disseminate knowledge, innovations and know-how and to facilitate the integration of animal welfare in the design of sustainable farming systems (farm animals, pets, captive wildlife). Its establishment was one of the major actions in France's strategy for Animal Welfare (2016-2020).

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Animal welfare initiativesRegulation
May 24, 2024

Une formation interministérielle sur la lutte contre la maltraitance animale

Document type Article published in Presse Agence Author: Floriane Dumont Preview: The welfare of pets is a priority for the French Government...
May 22, 2024

Bien-être animal : lancement du plan national pour améliorer le bien-être des animaux de compagnie

Document type Press release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty (MASA) Author: MASA Preview: Pet welfare...
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May 16, 2024

Animal advocates call for crustacean welfare codes

Document type Article published in The Fish Site Author: The Fish Site French excerpt (translation): Animal advocates call for codes to protect animals...
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Scientific and technical expertise: formal reports, opinions etc.

The chief mission of the FRCAW is to provide scientific and technical expert advice to government, associated sectors, societies and any other actor involved in the keeping of animals, on matters concerning animal protection and the welfare of animals dependent on humans.

French analysis of EFSA opinion on pig welfare

Document type: Opinion

Requested by: Animal Welfare Office/DGAL - French Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Animal categories: Pigs

Delivery date: 04/2024

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Protection of farmed fish at slaughter

Document type: Opinion

Requested by: FRCAW

Animal categories: Fish

Delivery date: 03/2024

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Characteristics and needs of pigs

Document type Thematic dossier

Requested by: FRCAW

Animal categories: Pigs

Delivery date: 11/2023

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Knowledge Hub

Articles, opinions, books, summaries, good practice guides, regulations and certifications are among the hundreds of reference documents on animal welfare available on this platform.

The Industry Benchmark on Decapod Crustacean Welfare

Crustacean Compassion


Published in 2024

Rencontre animal welfare au Salon International de l’Agriculture 2023 : Révision de la réglementation sur le bien-être animal : des initiatives françaises à porter à l’Europe – présentations des intervenants


Published in 2023

Renouvellement de la convention-cadre du Centre national de référence pour le bien-être animal


Published in 2023

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Educational resources

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Indicator factsheet for assessing the state of consciousness in broilers


Published in 2024

Iceberg indicator factsheet for assessing foot lesions at slaughter in laying hens


Published in 2024

Iceberg indicator factsheet for assessing Foot Pad dermatitis (FPD) in Broiler Chicken


Published in 2024

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Animal welfare: what is it ?

An animal's well-being, its state of mind, its needs, expectations and emotions are the key elements of animal welfare that concern the FRCAW, based on the expert definition produced by the Anses in 2018.

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What we do

The FRCAW provides collective expertise, pulling together key scientific and technical evidence to support public authorities and economic and social actors in order to improve the account taken of the welfare of animals under human control (farm animals, pets, captive wildlife).

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The French Observatory for the Protection of Domestic Carnivores (OCAD)

FRCAW is OCAD's expert advisory body. It responds to queries from the OCAD Steering Committee, using all information available via open access or supplied by OCAD members, and referring in particular to the I-CAD database.

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