UDC 351.779:061.1
Biblid: 1451-3188, 11 (2012)
Vol. 12, No 41, pp. 372-397

Оriginal article
Received: 01 Jan 1970
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


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

Being one of essential components of and fundamental preconditions for animal welfare, animal health holds a high position among the priorities of the European Union. Apart from outstandingly positive tendencies when it comes to creating not only national but international normative frameworks for animal protection on the level of entire Europe as well, animal health is considered such an important issue due to its close correlation with human health. Everyday use of products of animal origin for nutrition, clothing or medical treatments, direct or indirect contact with domestic or wild animals or house pets and use of animals for scientific or experimental purposes represent some of the situations in which inadequate animal health protection may strongly affect and threaten life, health and welfare of humans, but also survival and sustainable development of economy, i.e. its branches, including food industry, animal husbandry, hunting, fishery, tourism etc. That is the reason why EU Animal Health Strategy, in spite of its lack of formal legal strength, strongly influences normative and practical activities of the EU and its member states directed toward protection, conservation, monitoring and prevention in that field. Having in mind the efforts our country has been making in the process of harmonizing its environmental legislation with EU requirements and fulfilling the standards imposed in that sphere, becoming familiar with and critically analyzing the provisions of this strategic document represent useful preparations for its future implementation. Therefore, the author of this paper attempts to present contents of the EU Animal Health Strategy, motives for its adoption, its goals as well as methods planned for their accomplishment. Besides, the author draws a comparison between the provisions of this Strategy and the newly adopted EU Animal Welfare Strategy and points out possible tendencies in the development of member states’ policies in the field of animal health and welfare.

Keywords: Аnimals, animal health, animal welfare, European Union, European Union Animal Health Strategy