Dan Thomson, DVM, PhD, Director of Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute and Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology at KSU’s
Thomson chaired the OIE Beef Cattle Production and Animal Welfare committee and said the purpose of this committee was to bring people from diverse cattle production backgrounds to create one set of standards for beef cattle production and welfare to serve the needs of all countries. The committee included animal welfare experts from
|Dan Thomson, DVM, PhD, stands in front of the 174 flags that represent the countries that are members of the OIE.|
"OIE is the World organization for animal health," Thomson said in a
As the OIE moves forward setting animal welfare code as part of their business, it will definitely be involved in international trade and the World Trade Organization, Thomson said. "To my knowledge, there are no other published international standards for beef cattle welfare. The group of eight of us who sat around the table in
"My involvement is recognition of
Thomson said the draft includes guidelines and outcome assessment measurements for confined animals and cattle raised in extensive production systems. The member countries will review and comment on the document. The committee will reconvene next summer to put the finishing touches on the document before it will be put before the general assembly of the OIE for final vote to be included into code.
The OIE Beef Cattle Production and Animal Welfare Committee also includes Abass Mohamed, Kenya; Bernadette Earley, Ireland; Andrew Fischer, Australia; Stella Heurtas, Uraguay; Zoo Ling, China (unable to attend); along with OIE staff.