The Open Philanthropy Project awarded a grant of $238,212 to the Animal Welfare Standards Project to support its work to advance farm animal welfare in China and Southeast Asia. This grant is part of a series of grants Open Philanthropy has recommended to support organizations working in China to promote the welfare of farm animals, as part of its work on farm animal welfare.
The Animal Welfare Standards Project is an international organization working toward better standards in animal welfare by conducting research, developing resources, and running workshops. It plans to use this grant to run workshops across China to train local “facilitators” on animal welfare best practices in pig and poultry production, transport, and slaughter. These local facilitators will then train other producers, transporters, and slaughterers.
This project is expected to include extensive evaluation, which Open Philanthropy expects will enable it to assess whether the workshops successfully improve slaughter practices. The project is also expected to include research into ways to better engage livestock stakeholders across Asia in improving animal welfare, which the Animal Welfare Standards Project plans to use to inform future work on farm animal welfare.