EU funded Regional Workshop on Animal Welfare


The European Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Animal Production and Health of Sri Lanka, held a training workshop in Negombo, Sri Lanka on 8 - 11 March 2016 on Animal Welfare. The event is part of the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety"™s Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme.

Around 70 people from Asian, mainly SAARC and ASEAN, countries attended it. Most were national-level staff of competent veterinary authorities involved in the official controls on animal welfare.

The EU made available its knowledge, technology and long experience in animal welfare research to Sri Lanka and other Asian countries, in order to assist them in developing animal welfare standards that are appropriate to local conditions.

The workshop, which is part of this process, intended to increase participants' understanding of EU legislation and policies on animal welfare and of how to implement equivalent standards in the region, adapted to the local climate and cultural contexts.

The opening ceremony was hold at 9.00 a.m. on 8 March and the workshop was opened by Mrs D.K.R. Ekanayake, Secretary of Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs, by Dr T.A.C. Thiskumara, Director General of the Department of Animal Production and Health, and by the EC DG SANTE Minister-Counsellor on Health and Food safety, Mr Patrick Deboyser.


Workshop programme


The first day of the workshop was mainly focused on the international dimension of animal welfare and its integration with other key issues and policies, such as animal health, food safety and sustainability; the first day was also dedicated to the main EU legislation on animal welfare. The second day focused on research development and on sharing of good practices from representatives of different Asian countries.

On the third day, a practical activity was organised. Participants visited two slaughterhouses, in order to have hands-on experience on official controls and practical assessment of animal welfare as well as to discuss good practices during transport, at lairage and at the time of killing.

The last day was dedicated to two specific issues: how to ensure animal welfare at the time of killing in emergency situations and animal welfare in dogs' population management in the context of zoonotic diseases' control.

This workshop is part of a series of regional workshops on Animal Health and Welfare held in Asia and the Pacific during 2013-2016, funded by the European Commission and implemented by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency. Other subjects of workshops included Animal Disease Control, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Organisation of Official Veterinary Services.


The venue for this workshop was:

Jetwing Blue Hotel

Ethukale, Porutota Rd, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 31 2 279000