Working as a team of academic and technical professionals, we work towards increasing awareness of the
World Animal Health (OIE) standards for animal welfare, with the purpose of improving animal welfare during slaughter and transport.
We do this by developing resources, running workshops and conducting important research within our collaborating countries.
Resources are available in different languages. Please select the relevant country page
‘The OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code sets out standards for the improvement
of animal health and welfare and veterinary public health worldwide, including
through standards for safe international trade in terrestrial animals (mammals, birds
and bees) and their products. The measures in the Terrestrial Code have been formally
adopted by the World Assembly of the Delegates of the OIE Members. The
development of these standards and recommendations is the result of the continuous
work since 1960 of one of the OIE’s Specialist Commissions, the OIE Terrestrial
Animal Health Standards Commission, and draws upon the expertise of internationally
The value of the Terrestrial Code is twofold: that the measures published in it are
the result of consensus among the veterinary authorities of OIE Members, and that
it constitutes a reference within the World Trade Organization Agreement on the
Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures as an international standard for
animal health and zoonoses’ (OIE).
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