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Denmark is changing regulation on animal welfare

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The current legislation comprises 50 different laws and it is seen as a "jungle". The new set of laws will be reduced to 20.

Posted on Oct 04 ,06:31

Denmark is changing regulation on animal welfare

Danish Minister of Food, Mogens Jensen intends to simplify the current legislation on animal welfare to make it more manageable for farmers and vets. Danish farmers, veterinarians and all other citizens working with animals have had plenty of laws and regulations to keep track of to ensure good animal welfare. The new Animal Welfare Act will simplify the legislative structure in the animal welfare area and thus make it easier for users.

Everyone who works with animals has had a smaller jungle to keep up with several different animal welfare laws and regulations. The clear purpose of the new law is to reduce the number of laws and regulations in the area, so that both the farmer, veterinarians and citizens must look for fewer places according to the rules, announced the ministry in a press release.
"We must place great demands on animal welfare in Denmark, and incomprehensible legislation should not stand in the way of so important a protection concern. The welfare requirements for pigs, cattle, horses and all other animals are not relaxed,", said Mogens Jensen. With the new Animal Welfare Act, 11 laws are merged into one law with accompanying regulations. At the same time, the number of animal welfare notices is halved from approx. 40 to approx. 20 notices.
According to the officials, the bill is a culmination of the Ministry of the Environment and Food's work to create a simpler, clearer and more coherent legal structure in the Ministry's areas of law.

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