IAWS: Animal welfare beyond the law
It is well known that in Spain the European production model is followed, which is one of the most reliable in the world. But, in addition, we have taken a step forward by demanding a little more of ourselves with the creation of the “Welfare Commitment Certified” seal, whose IAWS (INTERPORC Animal Welfare Spain) Animal welfare and Biosecurity Technical Regulation is the most advanced in the world.
The seal has become a perfect endorsement of the will of pork companies to achieve excellence in animal welfare, something that is demonstrated with two details.
Firstly, although it is voluntary, in its first three years of existence, more than 60% of the production of white pork has already been certified, which shows the will of the sector in this matter. In addition, the seal is available to millions of consumers through some of the biggest
retail companies in Spain such as Alcampo (Auchan), El Corte Inglés, Carrefour or Aldi, among others.
Secondly, the demanding IAWS Technical Regulation leads pork companies to anticipate the requirements established by law. Actually, a good example of this is the forthcoming approval of the Royal Decree on Video Surveillance in Slaughterhouses.
By the time the law has come to regulate this practice, the pork companies that have the "Welfare Commitment Certified" seal have long since incorporated a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system in the areas in which live animals are housed.
Undoubtedly, the latter is a great example that the first one to make demands on itself is the sector itself, which at all times is trying to anticipate the demands of consumers and the law, something that clearly places the Spanish white pork sector at the vanguard of the world in terms of animal welfare.
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