Animal welfare: key to delivering food security
In the post-2015 landscape universal food security and zero hunger can be achieved. To do this we must both better govern the balance between plant-based and animal-based foods and distribute food more equitably between and within countries. In addition, the drive for more efficient food
production must include recognition that animals are more than a simple commodity, and that high welfare standards in farming enhance overall productivity without the negative side effects delivered by low-welfare intensive livestock production systems.

To achieve this, the United Nations and its Member States must:
include farm animal welfare in agriculture and food security assessments and policies
recognise that the industrialisation of livestock farming is a major challenge to food security
reduce the quantity of arable crops fed to livestock, especially cereals, and seek a sustainable balance between animal andcrop production
promote sustainable diets and address food losses and wastein the supply chain
protect food security in times of crisis by including animals in emergency response and recovery planning and policies at a national, regional and operational level
consider how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their targets and indicators can support specific and regionally-sensitive measures to ensure that global food production and consumption is sustainable and incorporates respect for animal welfare principles
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) on 12:00 am, 21 May, 2013
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