Thanawat Tiensinin, Director of Animal Production and Health Division, FAO troduced that the issues of animal welfare is one of instruments to support in achieving sustainable livestock transformation. “Because if we want to see better production, better nutrition, better environment and a better life for all, we need to include animal welfare in farm animals or animal farms”.
He shared that people’s attitudes toward animal welfare has changed. 15 years ago, when people started discussing what animal welfare standards or practices is about, some producers and farmers were wondering if it would be something that makes their life much more complex. So they felt reluctant to discuss about it. “After ten years of implementation, if I go to all the private sectors and of producers, they say that it is very good.” He said, “because now when producers implement the animal welfare practices, good practices, they can increase productivity. Animal healthy. You don't need to use a lot of antibiotics for treatment”. Therefore, producers, private sectors and consumers are all benefited.
Mr Tiensinin mentioned, “our discussions on farm animal welfare is very critical and very important, and we need to introduce this kind of concepts to our farmers”. That’s why FAO will continue working with different agencies and organizations closely to move forward to action. He said, “we will continue to promote farm animal welfare into action, into practice for sustainable livestock transformation, to achieve better production, better nutrition, better environment and better life”.
He wants to see that tomorrow farmers have an advantage to implement, to change, to transform their practice. The most important thing is to trust your consumers. Because our consumer today is different from consumer from yesterday. They are demanding and will take the production process into account when they are buying. At the end of his speech, he stressed, “whatever we are doing, all of us will gain benefit, and we will go to a better life for all together”.