Bovine TB

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th December 2005.

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Photo of Anthony Steen Anthony Steen Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the welfare implications for cattle placed under tuberculosis restriction.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

The Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968 makes it an offence to cause or allow unnecessary pain or distress to livestock. And the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 set out general welfare, inspection, housing and feeding rules for all farm animals. Enforcement action is taken against farmers who do not comply with this legislation.

The State Veterinary Service (SVS) enforces the legislation. Its staff conducts regular farm inspections to check compliance.

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