Eurogroup for Animals launches its report on labelling at the WTO Public Forum

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Eurogroup for Animals launches its report on labelling at the WTO Public Forum

14 October 2019
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Would a mandatory method-of-production label be compliant with the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)? We say  it could, and this is what we proposed at the WTO Public Forum on 11th October.

Eurogroup for Animals – jointly with the RSPCA and with other funders of the Trade Programme (Deutscher Tierschutzbund, Four Paws, Dierenbescherming and Djurens Ratt) – hosted a session at the Forum on how a method-of-production labeling system can help foster trade in more sustainable products, focusing in particular on our vision for labelling. We believe there should be an articulation between a factual method-of-production labelling and a voluntary animal welfare label. 

At the Forum – which is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event, regularly attracting over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organizations – we launched our new policy brief looking at whether such a labelling system would be compliant with WTO rules. In short, we believe it would – and our opinion was confirmed by one of the session’s panelists, Professor Aude-Solveig Epstein from University Paris-Nanterre.

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Prof Epstein on #compliance of #AnimalWelfare Label with WTO rules: “WTO rules are a living body of law, interpretation of these laws evolve with international law and with expectations expressed by society!”#Labelling #SustainableTrade

— Eurogroup For Animals (@Act4AnimalsEU) October 11, 2019

The session, moderated by Gizzi Erskine – a well-known chef and businessperson with a strong interest in sustainability –  provided a platform for Eurogroup for Animals to present the rationale behind the introduction of such a labelling scheme. The final panelist was Eva Sommer, a representative of a start-up producing cultivated meat, who explained the reasons behind why she got involved in the sector and how better labelling could help the kind of products that only differ by their method of production. 

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Great questions from the audience and discussion on #AnimalWelfare & #Trade, #LevelPlayingField and #Labelling. “The topic shouldn’t be reserved for developed countries only” and good to see a lot of #WomenInTrade pic.twitter.com/RqeTlsUeQU

— Eurogroup For Animals (@Act4AnimalsEU) October 11, 2019

The session was followed by a Q&A that touched upon many interesting aspects. A video recording will be available soon, and an audio recording is available here.

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CONTACT:

Stephanie Ghislain
Trade and Animal Welfare Project Leader
+32 479 436 083

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