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Livestock physical operations/mutilations - FI Governmental Regulation on organic animal production 2000

Heinonen, Sampsa (2006) Livestock physical operations/mutilations - FI Governmental Regulation on organic animal production 2000. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Castration of pigs is forbidden after the age of 7 days. Furthermore some mutilations; attaching elastic bands to the tails of sheep, tail-docking, cutting of teeth, trimming of beaks) mentioned in Annex I B 6.1.2 are not allowed according to the Finnish animal protection law.

Difference

The Finnish Guidelines are more precise as they list the physical operations/mutilations, which are not allowed whereas the EU Regulation in Article 6.1.2. allow operations such as attaching elastic bands to the tails of sheep, tail-docking, cutting of teeth, trimming of beaks and dehorning if they are not be carried out systematically in organic farming. Some of these operations may, however, be authorised by the inspection authority or body, for reasons of safety (for example dehorning in young animals) or if they are intended to improve the health, welfare or hygiene of the livestock.

Justification

Some of the treatments (attaching elastic bands to the tails of sheep, tail-docking, cutting of teeth, trimming of beaks) are not allowed according to the Finnish animal protection law (396/1996)

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Animal husbandry, management, transport, identification of livestock products/slaughter - Annex I B6
Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Disease prevention and veterinary treatment/health care - Annex I B5

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Veterinary treatment
Country/Standard: Europe > Finland > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:1047
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:29 Nov 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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