The EU-Chile association agreement: A booster for animal welfare
Posted on 25/03/2013
Eurogroup for Animals has today published an article in the Bridges Trade BioRes Review which shows that the provision on animal welfare in the Chile-EU trade agreement triggered the institutionalisation of animal welfare in Chile.
The Association Agreement has played a positive role in the institutionalisation of animal welfare in Chile, in particular for livestock production. Following the signature of the agreement, Chilean stakeholders from the production sector were involved in the harmonisation of national rules with EU standards. The trade opportunities provided by the Association Agreement were the main motivation, as the EU is the second largest destination for Chilean exports after China.
Chile provides a good example for Latin American producers with interests in the competitive advantage provided by adherence to animal welfare standards.
Apart from the creation of the law on animal welfare and a sub-department in charge of animal welfare, meat producers in Chile achieved a more comprehensive understanding of animal welfare through a participatory process lead by the Ministry of Agriculture. The respect of animal welfare clearly brought new economic opportunities for Chilean meat producers, which saw a growth in exports to the EU.