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International animal welfare conference in Uruguay

Apr 23, 2007

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David Wilkins. WSPA’s Chief Veterinary Adviser. will be addressing an international animal welfare conference in Latin America this week.

More than 300 participants, including Animal Health directors in Latin America, will attend the event: “Animal welfare: New horizons for the 21st century” in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Beginning April 24, this pioneering conference will address the increasing importance of animal welfare in the meat industry, one of the largest ones in the region.

Issues such as the current situation of animal welfare in Uruguay and the role of consumers in developed countries will be presented in the conference by a group of experts.

David Wilkins will discuss the role of animal welfare organizations and present the Universal Declaration for Animal Welfare initiative.

“I am certain that this conference will lead to more awareness that good animal welfare and health are essential if the livestock industry in Uruguay and other South American countries want to maintain and increase sales of their products overseas”, said Wilkins.

The conference is organized by the European Commission, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA), the Ministry of Agriculture’s state veterinary service and WSPA.

“This conference is a vital opportunity for all the sectors involved in the meat producing process to come together and address animal welfare issues”, said Marcela Vargas, WSPA’s Campaign Manager for Latin America.

“Also, it will give us a chance to present the Universal Declaration to an important audience and start building key alliances with governmental, productive and academic sectors in South America”, said Vargas.

For more information, please visit the conference’s web page.

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