The Nordic origin of our SPOOR hides means that the animals have enjoyed high animal welfare standards. All our supplier countries are part of the European Union (EU), and farmer in these countries are therefore subject to animal welfare legislation developed by the EU. The first rules protecting farm animals in the EU date back to the 1970s, thus the EU has advocated for and regulated farm animal welfare for more than 40 years. In other words, there is a strong tradition for protecting the welfare of cattle from farming to abbatoir in the EU.
A key milestone was the 1998 directive for the protection of farmed animals, which established general standards for the protection of all animals kept to produce food, wool, skin, fur or other farming purposes.
The EU continually works to improve the legislation on farm animal welfare, during transport and at slaughter. In line with the EU’s new Farm to Fork strategy for a mor sustainable agriculture, the European Commission is currently evaluating all its legislation on the welfare of farmed animals.
Some of the most important ways that EU’s legislation promotes good animal welfare are: