Denmark Seeks Better Animal Welfare

DENMARK - The Danish government has just reached a political agreement with the Danish People’s Party and the Social-Liberals for improving the welfare of animals in herds and during transport.
calendar icon 28 August 2008
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The agreement’s objective is a considerable increase in welfare for Danish livestock in herds and during transport, as well as a strengthened veterinary preparedness, so cases of diseases and infections among livestock can be quickly and effectively dealt with.

The agreement covers:

  • Obligatory health advisory agreements for larger cattle and pig herds.
  • A new control concept based on risks and needs.
  • More intensive control of veterinarians.
  • Improved control of animal transports.
  • An intensified control of inspections of sows for shoulder wounds.
  • Strengthening of legal skills in the food regions’ administrations.
  • A strengthening and merger of the two ministerial teams that are deployed to control animal welfare and the use of medicine in herds.

The agreement is expected to ensure robust preventative measures for animal welfare and livestock diseases. The agreement also covers an effective and targeted effort towards livestock producers who lack the will or ability to maintain a high level of animal welfare and animal health.

The veterinary area also receives an additional 90 million kroner over the coming four years through the agreement. Compared with the present grant, this is an economic improvement of 15 to 20 per cent a year over the four years.

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