UDK 630*15:061.1
Biblid: 1451-3188, 11 (2012)
Vol. 12, No 39-40, str. 309-336

Izvorni naučni rad
Primljeno: 01 Jan 1970
Prihvaćeno: 01 Jan 1970


Batričević Ana (Институт за криминолошка и социолошка истраживања, Београд), ana.batricevic@yahoo.com

Since its establishment, the European Union has adopted a series of primary and secondary legal sources containing provisions which are relevant for animal welfare protection. The author attempts to point out the fundamental types, characteristics, contents and the purpose of these documents as well as the impact that they might exert on the legislation of the Republic of Serbia. Apart from proclaiming universal principles of animal welfare protection, legal sources of the European Union also precisely prescribe minimal standards that need to be fulfilled in certain segments of human–animal interactions. This particularly refers to the following fields: welfare of farm animals, humane treatment of animals during their slaughter for food production, protection of animals in transport, preservation of animal welfare while performing scientific experiments as well as providing adequate health protection of animals. Special legal sources are dedicated to the protection and conservation of wild animals’ welfare, whether they are kept in captivity or they dwell in their natural habitats. For its significance, but also for the influence it exerts on national legislations of the EU member states, Directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law stands out among the rest of the European Union provisions relevant for animal welfare. In addition, future tendencies and directions of the development of legal protection of animals are also presented. They are exposed in Strategy for Protection and Welfare of Animals for the period between 2012 and 2015. Finally, the author also discusses the influence that European Union animal welfare legislation might have on analogous normative acts of the Republic of Serbia as well as the advantages of the implementation of the standards they proclaim regardless of the future membership of our country in this regional organization.

Ključne reči: Animal welfare, criminal legal protection of animals, Council of Europe, European Union, sources of European Union legislation