In 1999, animals were recognized as sentient beings, which lead to the Strategy for the Protection and Welfare of Animals, published in 2006 and frequently subjected to improvements, writes Matteo Dotta from Treviso in Italy.
The EU rules cover the entire logistical chain.
Today, the EU is recognized for having some of the most humane farming, transport, and slaughtering practices in the world.
Legislation, however, is not the only factor improving #animal #welfare; the #leatherindustry, too, is keen to do so: for example the #tanneries that produce leather for the automotive sector that requires strict quality standards. These animals get the kind of care and attention usually reserved for pedigree pets.
Many leather producers also strive for traceability.
Transparency is a definite value in the leather industry as it enables each link in the chain to have peace of mind on the animals’ quality of life.
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