Animal welfare is increasingly recognised as an important element of sustainable production systems. Back in 2012, then EU Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Cioloş stated in a speech at the G20 that sustainable agriculture should aim at ensuring animal welfare. In 2018, the EU’s Directorate General for Trade also recognised this reality for the first time by acknowledging the link between improved animal welfare and sustainability of food production systems in its text proposals to Australia and New Zealand.
Ghislain, Stephanie. 2018. Policy Brief: Animal Welfare, Trade and Sustainable Development Goals. Europgroup for Animals, Brussels, Belgium.