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The International Cooperation Committee of Animal Welfare (ICCAW) is a non-profit organization approved by the Ministry of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China and registered at the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2013. It is affiliated with the China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation (CAPIAC) and is the first professional non-profit organization devoting to animal welfare.

Based on national conditions, ICCAW aims to promote animal welfare concepts, develop both international and domestic cooperation with a high level of depth and complexity, formulate farm animal welfare requirements, introduce animal welfare assessment and management system into China farms, and eventually help improving livestock and poultry food quality and building high-end national agricultural brand in China.

Before it was approved by Ministry of Civil Affairs, ICCAW had worked on animal welfare for two years and gained certain experience and achievements. ICCAW built an excellent team with passionate and experienced staff and a magisterial expert committee composed of outstanding college professors,academicians, agricultural researchers and professionals, government officers from related departments and technical specialists from husbandry breeding enterprises.

During all these years’ development, ICCAW has built a deep cooperation relationship with numerous international and domestic organizations working on animal welfare, such as World Animal Protection, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Institute of Animal Sciences of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China Association for Standardization (CAS),etc.

Since the establishment of ICCAW, it has devoted to animal welfare and gained brilliant achievements: ICCAW held the 2013 China Animal Welfare Forum on Quality and Safety of Meat and Poultry Products on October 2013 and is planning the 2014 October Forum now; issued the First Farm Animal Welfare Standard in China —— Farm Animal Welfare Requirements for pigs and Farm Animal Welfare Requirements for beef cattle, sheep, chicken are on the way; cooperated with China Hotel Purchasing and Supplying Association (CHPSA) and introduced high animal welfare products into5-star hotels in Beijing;cooperated with CIWF and introduced Good Pig Production Award into China in 2013 and is on the way to introduce Good Chicken Production Award in 2014; cooperated with World Animal Protection and jointly launched the China Public Survey on Animal Welfare in January 2014; launched many joint investigation on farms with domestic and international organization, etc.

As for the future cooperation and work, ICCAW takes an active step in developing “the Animal WelfareIndicator Farms” project with World Animal Protection to encourage more businesses to implement high animal welfare farming systems, subsequently increase food safety in products of animal origin and guide consumer preference to purchase more animal welfare friendly products. Meanwhile, ICCAW plays a key role in establishing an evaluation and assessment system with CAS based on the Farm Animal Welfare Requirements to form an integrated animal welfare management system including standardization, assessment and labeling in China.

We sincerely hope to raise public awareness in farm animal welfare through our best efforts and international cooperation and achieve the harmonious coexistence of animals and humans in a sustainable environment while assuring good health and enhancing the quality of life of the general public. 


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