The European Commission adopted a report that outlines a series of animal welfare labeling options, meant to facilitate an in-depth political debate with other institutions.

The overall goal of policy in this area is to make it easier for consumers to identify and choose welfare friendly products, and give an economic incentive to producers to improve the welfare of animals.

The report also presents options for the possible establishment of a European Network of Reference Centers for the protection and welfare of animals. Such a network could provide technical support for the development and implementation of animal welfare policies, including certification and labeling.

Although the report does not endorse any of the options outlined, it identifies those that are currently considered to be most feasible.