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The animal welfare seal developed by IRTA, in collaboration with NEIKER, has been recognized by the Observatory of Innovation in Mass Consumption for facing the challenges of responding to the needs of society and responsible consumption.
This badge, developed by the Institute for Agrifood Research and Technology (IRTA) in collaboration with the NEIKER technology center, is the first Animal Welfare certificate that focuses on the observation and evaluation of animals and their behavior. The certificate has a protocol for bovine species, hens and chickens, swine, sheep, turkeys, rabbits and cordils raised for food production.
The WelfairTM certification guarantees to the consumer that the animals linked to the seal have lived and have been slaughtered under ethically responsible welfare conditions, in accordance with the protocols established in the European Welfare Quality and AWIN (Animal Welfare Indicators) projects.
This is how the 4 basic principles on which animal welfare is based are evaluated:
- A good diet (free from thirst and malnutrition).
- A good environment and accommodation (that allows them to move, have comfort in the rest area and thermal comfort).
- A good state of health (which includes absence of pain, injury and illness).
- A behavior appropriate to the characteristics of the species (including positive social behavior, which can show important behaviors for the
- species and there are no abnormal behaviors, an appropriate interaction between the animals and their caretakers, so that they do not show fear of people and a positive general emotional state).
Currently, around 25,000 farms throughout the State have the WelfairTM certification and the food categories in which we can currently find the WelfairTM seal extend to meat products; eggs and dairy products such as milk, smoothies, cheeses, butters, and yogurts. Products with this seal are found on the purchase shelves of more than 4,000 establishments distributed throughout the territory.