UK: Pig industry to have more say
Options for sharing responsibility and costs on animal
health and welfare policy in the UK have been set out in a consultation launched
The consultation seeks views on how the farming
industry could be further involved in the decision-making process for animal
health and welfare, such as during disease outbreaks, and whether this should be
done through existing structures and organisations or new organisational
The consultation also looks at the principles of how the funding for animal
health and welfare can be shared between government and the industry in the
"It is only right that the industry should have a greater say in how disease
is controlled and outbreaks are managed, as they are directly affected by those
decisions," said Minister for Sustainable Food and Farming and Animal Health,
"We want to reform the current system so that the industry is central to the
decision-making process and contributes to the costs of those decisions in a
fair and transparent way."
The consultation responses will be used to help develop detailed proposals on
responsibility and cost sharing which will be consulted on in 2008.
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