The renewed EU-Chile trade agreement fell short on animal welfare

Regulation & Compliances
Published Mar 2, 2024

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The European Parliament has greenlit a revised Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Chile, incorporating commitments to animal welfare. However, there are concerns about the potential adverse effects on animal welfare due to the increased market access for Chilean animal products without any welfare stipulations. The FTA does include a non-binding chapter on sustainable food systems and cooperation on animal welfare. Animal welfare groups are urging the EU to negotiate robust animal welfare conditions with all trade partners and for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to honor his Animal Commitment to enhance the lives of animals used for food. The article also underscores the importance of ethical treatment of animals in food production for sustainable food systems.
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The modernized Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Chile, approved today by the European Parliament, includes commitments on animal welfare, such as the recognition of animal sensitivity, the progressive phase-out of antibiotics used as growth promoters and provisions on cooperation in matters of animal welfare. While these provisions are welcome, the negative repercussions of unconditional trade liberalization should not be ignored: The EU and Chile should maximize language on animal welfare cooperation within the agreement to ensure significant progress for animal welfare. In 2002, when the EU and Chile concluded their first trade agreement, they added provisions on cooperation on animal welfare for the first time. However, it was followed by further intensification in the Chilean livestock and aquaculture sectors due to increased business opportunities. There is a high risk that this modernized agreement will fuel this trend, as it grants greater market access for Chilean ...
Source: Agromeat
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