(ETS no. 145)
The member States of the Council of Europe, and the European Economic Community,
Having regard to the European Convention for the Protection of Animals
kept for Farming Purposes of 10 March 1976, hereinafter called "the
Considering that it is desirable to extend explicitly the scope of the Convention to apply
also to certain aspects of developments in animal husbandry techniques, in particular in
respect of biotechnology, and to the killing of animals on the farm and, at the same time
to adapt some provisions of the Convention to the evolving situation in respect of animal
Have agreed as follows:
Article 1 of the Convention shall be amended to read:
"This Convention shall apply to the breeding, keeping, care and housing of animals
and in particular to animals in intensive stock-farming systems. For the purposes of this
Convention "animals" shall mean animals bred or kept for the production of food,
wool, skin or fur, or for other farming purposes, including animals produced as a result
of genetic modifications or novel genetic combinations. "Intensive stock farming
systems" shall mean husbandry methods in which animals are kept in such numbers or
density, or in such conditions, or at such production levels, that their health and
welfare depend upon frequent human attention."
A new Article 3 shall be inserted in the Convention which reads as follows:
"Natural or artificial breeding or breeding procedures which cause or are likely to
cause suffering or injury to any of the animals involved shall not be practised; no animal
shall be kept for farming purposes unless it can be reasonably expected, on the basis of
its phenotype or genotype, that it can be kept without detrimental effects on its health
Article 3 of the Convention shall be re-numbered Article 3bis.
Article 6 of the Convention shall be amended to read:
"No animal shall be provided with food or liquid in a manner, nor shall such food or
liquid contain any substance, which may cause unnecessary suffering or injury.
No other substance with the exception of those given for therapeutic or prophylactic
purposes shall be administered to an animal unless it has been demonstrated by scientific
studies of animal welfare or established experience that the effect of the substance is
not detrimental to the health or welfare of the animal."
Article 7 of the Convention shall be amended to read:
The condition and state of health and welfare of animals shall be thoroughly inspected
at intervals sufficient to avoid unnecessary suffering and in the case of animals kept in
intensive stock-farming systems at least once a day.
When an animal is to be killed on the farm, this shall be done competently and in any
case without causing unnecessary pain or distress to the animal or to other animals.
Technical equipment used in intensive stock-farming systems shall be thoroughly
inspected at least once a day, and any defect discovered shall be remedied with the least
possible delay. When a defect cannot be remedied forthwith, all temporary measures
necessary to safeguard the health and welfare of the animals shall be taken
- This Protocol of amendment shall be open for signature by the member States of the
Council of Europe which have signed or acceded to the Convention, and by the European
Economic Community, which may become Parties to this Protocol of amendment by:
- signature without reservation as to ratification, acceptance or approval, or
- signature subject to ratification, acceptance or approval, followed by ratification,
acceptance or approval.
- No member State of the Council of Europe shall sign without reservation as to
ratification, acceptance or approval, or deposit an instrument of ratification, acceptance
or approval, unless it is already or becomes simultaneously a Party to the Convention.
- Any State not a member of the Council which has acceded to the Convention may also
accede to this Protocol of amendment.
- Instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be deposited with
the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
This Protocol of amendment shall enter into force on the first day of the month
following the date on which all the Parties to the Convention have become Parties to this
Protocol of amendment in accordance with the provisions of Article 6.
From the date of its entry into force, this Protocol of amendment shall form an
integral part of the Convention.
No reservation may be made in respect of the provisions of this Protocol.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the member States of the
Council of Europe, any State which has acceded to the Convention and the European Economic
- any signature of this Protocol of amendment;
- the deposit of any instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession;
- the date of entry into force of this Protocol of amendment in accordance with Article 7;
- any other act, declaration, notification or communication relating to this Protocol of
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this
Done at Strasbourg, this 6th day of February 1992, in English and French, both texts being
equally authentic, in a single copy which shall be deposited in the archives of the
Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit certified
copies to each member State of the Council of Europe, to any other Contracting State to
the Convention and to the European Economic Community.
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