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Broiler chicken welfare assessment in GLOBALGAP certified and non-certified farms in Brazil

By A. Souza, E. C. de Oliveira Sans, B. R. Muller, C. F. M. Molento

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Regarding broilers, Brazil is the third largest producer and the leading chicken meat exporter in the world. Independent certifications are required by some importers in the European Union (EU) to guarantee compliance with minimum welfare requirements. Our objective was to compare broiler chicken welfare in GLOBALGAP certified (C) and non-certified (N) intensive farms in the State of Parana, Brazil, using the Welfare Quality protocol. Ten farms in each group were evaluated and data were transformed using scores that ranged from 0 to 100, where 100 is the best condition. Results suggested that farms adhered to minimum welfare standards, regardless of certification and that the adoption of standards based on overseas rules may have limitations for the improvement of animal welfare. In order to further improve broiler welfare in Brazil, more rigorous standards should be developed.

Publication Title Animal Welfare
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 45-54
ISBN/ISSN 0962-7286
Publisher Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
Language English
Author Address Federal University of Parana, Rua dos Funcionarios, 1540, 80035-050, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.carlamolento@ufpr.br
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Birds
  4. Brazil
  5. Broilers
  6. Certification
  7. Chickens
  8. Developing countries
  9. Europe
  10. Evaluation
  11. Fowls
  12. Improvement
  13. International trade
  14. Latin America
  15. Meat.
  16. Meat animals
  17. Meat production
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. Poultry
  20. South America
  21. standards
  22. Threshold Countries
  23. United States of America
  24. vertebrates
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