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Animal Welfare Compromise / Animal Wealfare INTEROVIC Spain (AWIS)

Compromiso Bienstar Animal - AWIS

The "Organización Interprofesional del Ovino y Caprino de Carne" presents the animal welfare certification mark under the name of Animal Welfare INTEROVIC Spain (AWIS). The label aims to ensure that meat and products derived from sheep and goats

are guaranteed to meet the highest standards of animal welfare and traceability. To obtain this label, products must exceed more than one hundred requirements, established by the Interprofessional, offering and guaranteeing a high level of animal protection.
A compromise which, according to Raúl Muñiz, president of INTEROVIC, was born because "it is our moral and deontological obligation, as compromised professionals, farmers and industrialists, to provide the animal with the necessary care and environment in all its production phases for its correct physical and psychological development and to ensure its compliance".
The main objective of this scheme is to certificate optimum conditions in terms of animal welfare and to avoid any situation of stress or unnecessary suffering in the animals. According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE[i]) it has been proven that alterations to any of the five freedoms it establishes have negative effects on their quality of life; therefore the ability to guarantee natural behaviour is fundamental for animals, but it is also necessary to ensure that they are well fed, protected and healthy.
This certification scheme covers all steps in the production chain of the lamb and kid, including the suckling lamb. From primary production, classification centres and fattening houses, to the final stages of the production process, including controls at the point of sale. In addition, it also includes the certification of the skin and wool.
The novelty of this scheme is that it is based on scientific-technical criteria, of more than one hundred parameters, which define in detail the situation in which a farm and its animals find themselves. In this way, by knowing the characteristics of the environment and livestock management, as well as the condition and behaviour of the animals, the welfare with which the suckling pigs, kids or lambs produced under this label are raised can be guaranteed.
AWIS Animal Welfare INTEROVIC Spain is part of the "Animal Welfare Commitment" seal being developed by several Spanish interprofessionals. This is a pioneering initiative on a worldwide level that reflects the commitment of the sectors involved to comply with the highest standards of livestock welfare.
A useful, reliable and objective tool that INTEROVIC presents to respond to the challenges that society demands from the sector at this time and to guarantee consumers the best possible care for their animals.

 

¿What is AWIS?

INTEROVIC makes available the brand " COMPROMISE ANIMAL WELFARE " AWIS aims to ensure consumers that products derived from sheep and goats, identified with this brand, come from operators who have met the requirements established by INTEROVIC, relating to animal welfare and traceability of this certification scheme, offering a high level of animal welfare.

The AWIS label identifies products from sheep and goats, in addition this label includes the scope of the skin. In a second phase the Wool will be included.

AWIS - CAPRINO   AWIS - OVINO

How to obtain it?

In order to obtain the AWIS label, in addition to the legal requirements in the field of Animal Welfare, additional requirements must be met that represent a high level in this area, such as verification of the environment, biosecurity, housing conditions, food, water, sanitation, among other aspects, also ensuring adequate traceability to ensure the proper use of the brand in the products that are made available to the consumer.

Certification bodies

The certification bodies interested in obtaining the provisional authorization for the certification of the AWIS Technical Regulations, should contact INTEROVIC, through the e-mail interovic @ interovic.es

 

OIE definition of animal welfare

According to the international standards of the OIE, animal welfare designates "the physical and mental state of an animal in relation to the conditions in which it lives and dies" (Terrestrial Code).

The OIE's guidelines on terrestrial animal welfare also include the 'five freedoms', enunciated in 1965 and universally recognised, to describe the rights that are the responsibility of man, i.e. to live:

    free from hunger, thirst and malnutrition;
    free from fear and distress;
    free from physical and thermal discomfort;
    free from pain, injury and disease;
    free to manifest natural behaviour.

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