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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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Discover the scientific, technical and regulatory news on animal welfare selected by the FRCAW's experts.

One Welfare
February 12, 2024

Animal welfare as the basis of One Health: A UN convention on animal welfare, health, and protection poses a realistic solution to improved animal welfare and human health

Document type Scientific article published in CABI One Health Author: Antoine F. Goetschel Abstract in French (translation) : animal welfare The basis of one health: a...
Scientific Reports logoHousing and Enrichment
February 12, 2024

Environmental enrichments and data-driven welfare indicators for sheltered dogs using telemetric physiological measures and signal processing

Document type Scientific article published in Scientific Reports Authors: Tiziano Travain, Teddy Lazebnik, Anna Zamansky, Simona Cafazzo, Paola Valsecchi, Eugenia Natoli French summary (translation): Enrichment of the...
Scientific Reports logoHousing and Enrichment
February 12, 2024

Resource choice during ontogeny enhances both the short- and longer-term welfare of laying hen pullets

Document type Scientific article published in Scientific Reports Authors: Regine Victoria Holt, Lena Skånberg, Linda J. Keeling, Inma Estevez, Ruth C. Newberry Résumé en français (traduction):...
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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.

Characteristics and needs of pigs

Document type Thematic dossier

Requested by: FRCAW

Animal categories: Pigs

Delivery date: 11/2023

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Canine educational practices and tools

Document type: Opinion

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

Animal categories: Dogs

Delivery date: 07/2022

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Contribution to obligatory health visits in the pig industry, 2023-2024

Document type: Scientific and technical advice

Requested by: DGAL - French Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Animal categories: Pigs

Delivery date: 07/2022

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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

Regulation/Certification

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

FRCAW

Published in 2023

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

INRAE

Published in 2023

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Educational resources

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Animal protection and welfare, a growing social concern

GIS Avenir Elevages

Published in 2024

Equine welfare: FEI welcomes COFICHEV reports

Isabel Imboden, COFICHEV

Published in 2023

Educational leaflet - Focus on lameness in cattle farming

VetAgro Sup's Chaire Bien-Être animal 

Published in 2023

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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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