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About FAWC

The Farm Animal Welfare Committee is an expert committee of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Devolved Administrations in Scotland and Wales.

Terms of reference

The Committee’s Terms of Reference are:

  • To provide independent, authoritative, impartial and timely advice, to Defra and the Devolved Administrations in Scotland and Wales:
    • on the welfare of farmed animals, including farmed animals on agricultural land, at market, in transit and at the place of killing; and
    • on any legislative or other changes that might be considered necessary to improve standards of animal welfare
  • To provide independent scientific support and advice as required by Article 20 of Council Regulation (EC) No.1099/2009 on the protection of animals at the time of killing.

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