The training and education component has been developed as a knowledge flow down model. It begins with animal welfare experts in slaughter, transport and farming systems presenting two-day workshops in each participating country. The target audiences are senior livestock leaders, veterinarians and government officials selected by each country Project Collaborators and OIE Focal Points.
The aim of these sessions is to prepare participants to convey the benefits of animal welfare during farming, transport and slaughter; to raise awareness around the key aspects of the OIE standards and to discuss the relevant application of this knowledge in one-day workshops with industry stakeholders. Trainers/ facilitators are local to each area and workshops are hosted in the local language and culture to enable focus on further needs and practical implementation for improved welfare measures and compliance with OIE minimum international standards.
All workshops lead to the project learning outcomes, which take the form of the ‘Top Messages’ (transport and slaughter) and key categories (farming systems) for improving animal welfare at slaughter and transport. These messages have been carefully crafted in collaboration with the project team based, and are based on the OIE Animal Welfare Standards in the Terrestrial Animal Code with consideration of regional welfare concerns and context.
The project is focussed on advancing livestock stakeholders’ awareness, interest and responsibility to uphold good welfare standards.
Please see our resources page for the ‘Top Messages’, the OIE Standards and all Workshop resources translated into relevant languages.