Annals of the University of Oradea, Fascicle: Ecotoxicology, Animal Husbandry and Food Science and Technology, Vol. XVIII/A 2019, Analele Universitatii din Oradea, Fascicula: Ecotoxicologie, Zootehnie si Tehnologii de Industrie Alimentara, Vol.XVIII/A 2019

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: THE ANIMAL WELFARE IN THE EU. PAST, EVOLUTIONS, CURRENT TRENDS. CASE STUDY: ROMANIA
Cristina Maria Maerescu*, Daniela Țuțui**, Aurelia Ioana Chereji* * University of Oradea, Faculty of Environmental Protection, 26 Gen. Magheru St., 410048 Oradea; Romania, Phone: 0259412550, e-mail: cristina_maerescu@yahoo.com, aureelia_brinaru@yahoo.com **The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, 6 Piața Romană, 010374, Bucharest, Romania, e-mail: daniela.tutui@cig.ase

Abstract The animal welfare is an important topic at EU level with a number of important legislative provisions and funding allocated to it. "It is a subject already on the European agenda for several decades, a topic that has gained more and more importance as the animals have being declared as "sentient beings" with rights. For many years in Romania the question was somehow neglected in favour of other important agricultural topics, yet as the time goes by the welfare of livestock is becoming a topic of importance on the public agenda and on the authorities list of priorities. For that purpose a series of legislative and institutions reforms were adopted as well as we have witnessed the allocation of various financing sources for the beneficiaries. The situation is improving at the national level but the progress is relative depending on the sector. Key words: animal welfare, EU, Romania, CAP INTRODUCTION