The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has established a Web site (Gateway) addressing international aspects of welfare of livestock. The Web site is designed to be used by national agencies involved in agriculture, biosecurity and export promotion in addition to the scientific community, NGOs and industry associations.

Information on their gateway will include news and press releases, details of congresses, seminars and workshops, recent publications, pending and enacted legislation, codes of practice and links to relevant Web sites. 

Organizations contributing to the Gateway include:

  • International Fund for Agriculture Development,
  • World Organization for Animal Health,
  • Compassion and World Farming,
  • Humane Society International,
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,
  • International Federation of Agriculture Producers, and
  • World Veterinarian Association. 

The editorial board comprising twenty-two individuals with diverse backgrounds range through law, veterinary medicine, international development, animal behavior and administration. Familiar names include Dr. David Fraser of the University of British Columbia, M. Park of the Humane Society of the United States and Dr. Ian Robinson of the RSPCA.

Based on the intended objectives and the composition of the collaborating organizations, the FAO Gateway will provide the U.S. poultry industry with an indication of impending legislation which may impact international trade, welfare, housing and management systems.