Handbook of the International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food
Show Less

Handbook of the International Political Economy of Agriculture and Food

Edited by Alessandro Bonanno and Lawrence Busch

This book tackles the central question of the political and structural changes and characteristics that govern agriculture and food. Original contributions explore this highly globalized economic sector by analyzing salient geographical regions and substantive topics. Along with chapters that investigate agri-food in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Oceania, the book includes contributions that cover topics such as labor, science and technology, the financialization of agri-food, and supermarkets.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 15: Animal welfare: The challenges of implementing a common legislation in Europe

Mara Miele, Bettina Bock and Lummina Horlings


The implementation of European Union (EU) legislation on animal welfare varies across the 28 member states in relation to the organization of the process and the results achieved (Evans and Miele 2007; Miele and Lever 2014). Recently, there has been an intensification of the non-compliance of several member states, as denounced by several influential animal welfare non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In all member states, EU regulations have to be directly implemented; however, national authorities are in charge of the transposition of EU directives into national legislation and the follow up of EU regulations. Animal welfare issues have gained very different levels of attention in the political agenda of the EU members: in some countries, EU legislation is integrated into an already existing national policy for animal welfare, while in other countries there are no specific animal welfare policies. There are also considerable differences in the extent to which private actors such as farmers, processors, retailers and NGOs are invited to discuss and prepare the implementation of the EU regulation in collaboration with the national authorities or with regional authorities where regional governments are responsible for animal welfare policy.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.