The Minister of Agriculture, Miguel Arias Cañete, inaugurated last week in Cadiz the External Chair of Animal Welfare, a pioneering initiative in Europe that expects to make progress on the knowledge about the conciliation of the livestock welfare and the citizens.
During the presentation, the Minister was accompanied by the president of the Veterinarians' Association of the province of Cadiz, Mr. Federico Vilaplana; the president of the University of Cadiz, Mr. Eduardo González Mazo; as well as by the presidents of the official Veterinarians' Associations of Andalusia and of the General Board of the Veterinarians' Associations' of Spain, Mr. Fidel Astudillo and Mr. Juan José Badiola, respectively.
Precisely, the director of the Chair, who is also the University President of the UCA (University of Cadiz), Mr. José María Pérez-Monguió, has described that the care for animal welfare consists of the "incessant search of the social purpose performed with the animals and their nature". He has stressed that this same nature is what rules over all living beings, and that it does not refer to treating them like human beings, but to "grant them to be treated and to have life and death conditions according to their possibilities". But this makes reference not only to pets, but also to livestock and the animals used for health or investigation purposes, or the ones present in zoos or circuses. As the president of the Veterinarians' Association of Cadiz has declared, "the veterinarians play a role as guarantors of the health and welfare", and he has specified that courses of action will be organised from the Chair in order to accomplish this.
Friday June 7, 2013/ MAGRAMA/ Spain