Portugal: FVO final report on the implementation of controls for animal welfare

While there have been certain improvements in getting better compliance in the pig sector, in particular regarding manipulable material, overstocking, and care for sick animals and concerning enforcement, have not been fully addressed and require action. As a result of the lack of mortality and medicine records, the CA cannot adequately verify the care of sick animals.

Friday 16 September 2011 (6 years 8 months 6 days ago)

In response to recommendations 1 and 5 from report 2009-8242 , requiring, respectively, that:
1. inspectors verify and implement adequately the animal welfare requirements of Directive
2008/120/EC during checks in pig holdings,and that:
5. pig farmers comply with the unobstructed floor area requirements; give manipulable
material to all categories of pigs; pregnant sows and gilts are given a sufficient quantity of
bulky or high fibre as well as high energy food; and that sick or injured pigs are dealt with
appropriately.

In response to recommendation 7 from report 2009-8242 concerning measures to ensure a consistent enforcement where deficiencies are detected during official controls in farms, the CA has introduced a new procedure on follow-up of inspections, which foresees a new check to verify that the deficiencies have been rectified at the expiry of a set deadline.

Conclusions


While there have been certain improvements in getting better compliance in the pig sector,
recommendations 5 , in particular regarding manipulable material, overstocking, and care for sick
animals and 7 concerning enforcement, have not been fully addressed and require action. As a
result of the lack of mortality and medicine records, the CA cannot adequately verify the care of
sick animals.

FVO/ European Union.
http://ec.europa.eu

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