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German Producers Fear New Red-Tape Tranche

by 5m Editor
8 September 2008, at 10:04am

GERMANY - The German government has angered pig producers by proposing a whole new bureaucratic structure for pig housing equipment.

It plans to outlaw pig producers from installing any equipment that hasn’t first been evaluated and certified by an "animal welfare technical control board".

Producers say this will be a costly, bureaucratic process which will reduce their competitiveness in Europe.

They point out that European law adequately covers animal welfare and there is no need for the German government to introduce damaging unilateral legislation of this nature.

5m Editor