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Animal Welfare aspects of the killing and skinning of seals - Scientific Opinion of the Panel on Animal Health and Welfare


  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

  • Panel members: The Scientific Panel for Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW) of the European Food Safety Authority adopted the current Scientific Opinion on 6 December 2007. The Members of the AHAW Scientific Panel were: Bo Algers, Harry J. Blokhuis, Donald M. Broom, Patrizia Costa, Mariano Domingo, Mathias Greiner, Daniel Guemene, Jörg Hartung, Frank Koenen, Christine Muller-Graf, David B. Morton, Albert Osterhaus, Dirk U. Pfeiffer, Ron Roberts, Moez Sanaa, Mo Salman, J. Michael Sharp, Philippe Vannier, Martin Wierup, Marion Wooldridge.
  • Acknowledgement: The European Food Safety Authority on behalf the Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare wishes to thank the Working Group for preparing the Scientific Report, which has been used as a basis of this Scientific Opinion. The working group was chaired by the AHAW Panel Member Prof David B. Morton. Members of the Working Group were: Morton, D.B. (Chairman); Ersbøll, A.K., Nunes Pina, T. (Risk Assessors); Algers, B.; Boyd I.; Daoust, P-Y; Hartung, J.; Kirkman, S.P., Lambooij, B.; Lavigne, D. M.; Raj, M.; Stenson, G.B. Prof. Egil Ole Øen and Prof. Tore Haug are gratefully acknowledged for their valuable comments and contributions. Prof. Temple Grandin is also acknowledged for her comments and valuable remarks. The AHAW Panel also would like to thank the stakeholders organisations for the valuable comments and suggestions provided on the draft Scientific Opinion and for the enormous amount of information provided (including video material) which was evaluated by the WG Members and when considered pertinent included in the Scientific Opinion. The AHAW Panel acknowledges the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety, that, following a general request for input by the EFSA Advisory Forum, adopted a Scientific Opinion on animal welfare aspects of the killing and skinning of seals in the Norwegian hunt, which was taken into consideration in this Scientific Opinion. The scientific coordination for this Scientific Opinion has been undertaken by the EFSA AHAW Panel Scientific Officers E. Aiassa, S. Barbieri and O. Ribó.
  • Adoption date: 6 December 2007
  • Published date: 19 December 2007
  • Question number: EFSA-Q-2007-118