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A New Approaches On Different Aspects Of Welfare, Environment And Food Interactions In Central And Southeastern Europe With The Use Of ICT.


 

Animals in intensive animal producing systems focused on increase of production are pushed away from natural life conditions. Proven scientifically, these production conditions generate stresses on animals and thus negatively influence food quality and safety. These days consumers are demanding competitive and humane animal producing models which provide more transparency, traceability and quality assurance. Scientific research in increasing acceleration is aiming at the determination of minimum welfare requirements and standardization of animals. In WELANIMAL Project, facilities in food establishments and socio-cultural, economic and religious approaches of workers and consumers towards animal welfare will be evaluated in details. Furthermore legal and public actions will be supported in the field of provision of welfare conditions for animals by achieving the animal welfare concepts

that include ethic and moral merits of all human beings in the world. By means of ICT, as project’s product and results are transferred to target groups and end users in an effective, cheap and fast manner, and regular feedback will be obtained from them.

Objectives:
Objectives of WELANIMAL project is
 To transfer vocational training products of Welfood projects including animal welfare, environmental influences on animal and their welfare, as well as food quality and safety to central and South east Europe, to implement adaptation and to improve welfood project products by estimating differences due to structure of this region
 To evaluate whether life conditions of animals raised in the central and southeast of Europe are met with the requirements of animal welfare
 To evaluate welfare conditions of animals in European farms by sampling in a large scale.
 To define more global “professional animal welfare” by evaluating the effects of different social, economic, cultural and religious approaches on welfare apprehension.
 To explain the role of healthy and contented animals in the story of ‘from fork to farm’ food production for the quality and healthy food demand of consumers that are ultimate users in the light of the scientific data.
 To support the knowledge on production systems that provide contribution to develop new technologies and assure demanded expert and skilful persons for new technologies.
 To encourage the development of “Humane animal production system” at a platform that covers common ethical and moral values of consumers.
 

Target Groups

Students:
Graduate and Master degree students
Students who will have profession at animal production and animal food processing sectors on the subjects of animal welfare, environmentally and animal friendly breeding techniques, food quality and safety will be trained.
Teachers:Teachers of graduate and master degree students.
Teachers training various qualified vocational personnel for animal and animal food producing sectors will be trained.
Sectoral workers:Farm workers, animal keepers, animal transporters, employees during animal slaughter, personnel at animal food processing managements on the subjects of animal welfare need, food quality, environment and food safety will be trained
Families of farm workers:Farm workers’ family members on animal welfare, food quality and safety will be trained.
 

End and Possible Users in the Project

By sectors that produce products and service for animal and animal food processing sectors animal vendors, animal owners, consumers, vegetarians and local, national and international law makers.
 

WORK PACKAGES (WPs)

WELANIMAL Project contains six WPs.

 

WP1. Project management and coordination

 To provide effective management, coordination and dissemination of the project at all stages and sustainability of the project concept and results even after the official end of the project
 National and international introduction of the Project, configuration of the Project web site (www.welanimal.aku.edu.tr vs www.welanimal.com)
 

 WP 2. Current situation analysis of local conditions and comparison with the WELFOOD project’s products

 Transfer and adaptation of Welfood project (2HU-04-B-F-PP-170001- Promoting quality assurance in animal welfare-environment-food quality interaction studies through upgraded eLearning ( 2004-2007)) into the central and South east Europe:
    - Animal Welfarez
    - Environmental impact on and of animals
    - Food quality and safety
 Determinations of animal welfare conditions in sectors within the scope of the food production chain and target group analysis, training requirements and consumer demands
 

WP 3. Personal initiatives to improve animal welfare and food safety and development of training methods

 Analysis of potential effects of socio-cultural, economic and religious and customs and consumers’ habit on animal welfare apprehension in target groups
 To define a common “animal welfare” concept for European vocational training
 

 WP 4. Development of Methodology, training modules and educational materials and tools

 Course programme and curriculum
 Certified E-learning and formal education
 

WP 5. Testing and feedback

Testing and evaluation of course program, curriculum and products
 

WP 6. Valorization

Publication and generalization of Project results and products in country, Europe and world