Social Welfare Club Leans about Animal Welfare (Cage-Free Eggs)
On the afternoon of Friday May 10th, the members of Social Welfare Club and anyone who was interested in the topic came to a workshop to learn about “What’s Animal Welfare?”. The lecturer was Maho Uehara (Maho Cavalier) who has worked for Junten SGH an a Global Education supporter at Junten Senior High School.
“Animal Welfare” is a concept and practice to improve the husbandry of the animals used for food. It is a livestock management practice that does not just focus on productivity and economy but it pays great deal of attention to the treatment of animals. The EU’s Lisbon Treaty included a statement in 2009, which recognized livestock is sentient beings. Basing on this concept, humans are expected to treat livestock animals with great consideration so that their qualities of lives will be improved. There are laws and regulations on livestock treatment in the Western countries. Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020 also includes the concepts and states that they provided sustainable and animal welfare considered food at the Olympic games. Animal Welfare is seen as the foundation of to manage food safety, public health and environment.
Ms.Uehara’s job is to bring changes to egg supplies in Japan which is the direct response to the global trend of the shift to cage-free egg purchase. Ms.Uehara meets large food companies and discuss the difficulties and possibilities of the shift and work with the corporations to find solutions to implement cage-free egg purchases.
In the workshop, students learned how the current layer hen husbandry, how they can help and what difficulties they can see. Following up to the class, students will explore more about cage-free eggs and develop a project that can help promote cage-free eggs to corporations.