The COVID-19 Animal Welfare Response Reference Group (COVAWRRG) was established in March 2020 and involved more than 34 organisations. The original purpose of the group was for stakeholders from government, industry, and the community to share critical sector updates on emerging COVID-19-related challenges to animal welfare, and to coordinate responses. Since then, the network has been renamed to TAWC Crisis Awareness Network, which deals with any crisis that may impact animal welfare. The COVAWRRG met weekly during the early stages of the pandemic, and later fortnightly, and TAWC chaired the meetings.
Working as a team of academic and technical professionals, we work towards increasing awareness of the World Animal Health (OIE) standards for animal welfare, with the purpose of improving animal welfare during slaughter and transport. We do this by developing resources, running workshops and conducting important research within our collaborating countries.
The National Primary Industries Animal Welfare Research, Development and Extension Strategy (NAWRDES) encourages greater co-investment and collaboration on a National basis to improve the efficient use of RD&E resources in the field of livestock animal welfare.
ANZCCART was established as a collaborative effort between the existing Australian Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching (ACCART) and New Zealand authorities, to provide a focus for consideration of the scientific, ethical and social issues associated with the use of animals in research and teaching.
The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2018 has a total of 182 Member Countries. The OIE maintains permanent relations with nearly 75 other international and regional organisations and has Regional and sub-regional Offices on every continent.