Animal welfare is not an obstacle to competitiveness

A new study at SLU will investigate how the rules for animal welfare affects the agricultural economy in different EU countries.


An interdisciplinary project at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, investigates the connection between animal welfare legislation, the economy of animal production and the international competitiveness.

The rules for Animal protection in Sweden are stricter than in the average of EU countries. In Sweden, it is often argued that the stricter requirements lead to a deterioration in competitiveness, but there is no scientific basis for this. That is why, there is a need for scientifically based knowledge about the effects of legislation on competitiveness, imports and exports and consumer attitudes and demand.

The study will provide decision-makers with data and advice on how to improve animal welfare in a way, that is sustainable from an economic perspective. The project will focus on the production of pork, beef and milk in Sweden and other EU countries.

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