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Animal welfare in livestock and slaughterhouse operations
Animal welfare in livestock farms and slaughterhouses

Animal welfare in livestock and slaughterhouse operations

Animal welfare in livestock and slaughterhouse operations

Animal welfare, a fundamental aspect of the food chain

The AENOR Animal Welfare scheme is a certificate that specifies the requirements that livestock farms and slaughterhouses must meet in terms of Animal Welfare. Unlike other animal welfare schemes, the audits are based on directly observing the animal itself, by assessing 4 principles: Healthy Diet, Suitable Accommodation, Good Health and Appropriate Behaviour. Within these four principles, 12 different animal welfare criteria have been identified that complement each other.

Each animal species is assessed in accordance with its specific Welfare Quality® Protocol, by auditors that are authorised and qualified by the platform ​Welfare Quality ®​​​ platform. in this field. After a detailed assessment a rating is provided, which will indicate the overall level of the establishment in question. If the minimum level is exceeded for each case, the establishment will be certified. This certification is the only one currently issued in Spain that can guarantee the Welfare Quality ® requirements established, guaranteeing an in-depth audit in all phases of production and the maximum information and transparency for the consumer

AENOR's animal welfare certification scheme is conducted in collaboration with experts of the IRTA, which is a member of the​Welfare Quality ®​​​ platform.​​​

Private schemes certified by AENOR that are compatible with the AENOR animal welfare conformity scheme following a study carried out by our experts.

Your organisation will obtain a certificate and licence to use the AENOR animal welfare conformity rating

AENOR Conform mark of Animal Welfare

AENOR Animal Welfare Conformity Mark


AENOR has certified leading companies in various industries in animal welfare. AENOR, the benchmark certification company in Spain, has already awarded the Animal Welfare certificate to nearly 1,300 livestock farms and slaughterhouses of different species (cattle, pigs, poultry) in Spain in accordance with the Welfare Quality® protocol. 

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