Denmark increases animal welfare controls

Animal welfare

Transportation of live pigs and cattle is to be under scrutiny in the next months.

Posted on Nov 18 ,06:40

Denmark increases animal welfare controls

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration will increase controls on live animal transportation to ensure that animal welfare regulation is respected. In the summer of 2018, the Danish authorities have discovered that the carriers had violated animal welfare rules to a large extent. This year, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has increased controls on carriers but many things can be improved, belives the Danish Minister of Food Mogens Jensen. "I extend the tightened control beyond what was agreed between the previous government and the Danish People's Party", emphasizes Mogens Jensen. At the start of the new year, an evaluation by the Food Authority of the 2019 controls will land on the minister's table.

"My goal is that before the summer of 2020 I can present a plan for how the future control of animal transport out of the country should look and be financed. Until then, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration must continue to tighten control", said the official.

Also, the Minister is tightening up the control of transport with animals other than pigs, especially cattle transport. Today, only 10-15 cattle transports are checked per year, but this is set to approximately 25 a month.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration will continue to monitor 250 pig transport per month and spend extra vision time ensuring the best possible control. The minister also wants to move the cost of the controls from the taxpayer to the industry itself. The first estimates show that it will the industry will pay just over DKK 21 million (€2.8 million) extra for the additional controls that are to be done in the first half of 2020.

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