The Danish government is very much concerned about animal welfare - in Denmark and in the EU

Animals must be treated properly and with respect to their natural behaviour. This applies to wild animals, pets and domestic animal.

The current Danish Act on the protection of  animals was adopted in 1916, and gives the general basic principles for animal welfare. The act covers all wild and domesticated animal species, and has been amended several times since then.

In Denmark we have high standards with regard to animal welfare, but we still  believe we can do better.

Especially when it comes to  Danish pig production where we produce approximately 30 million pigs each year, we must assume  great responsibility. 

Pig Welfare Action Plan 2014
With the aim to improve pig welfare former Danish Minister Dan Jørgensen in March 2014 gathered a number of Danish stakeholders to discuss animal welfare improvements for pigs. 

Joint Declaration on Animal Welfare

In December 2014 the former Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, together with the Ministers from The Netherlands and Germany signed a Joint Declaration on Animal Welfare. The declaration was presented to the Commission and the Agricultural Council  at the Council meeting i Brusselles 15 December 2015. 

International Conference on Pig Welfare 2015
Pig welfare is not only a matter of concern for Danish farmers, politicians and consumers, it also applies to the EU and the rest of the world. So, as a follow up to the Action Plan, former Danish Minister Dan Jørgensen  hosted an International Conference on Pig Welfare in Copenhagen.