Organic Rules and Certification

Livestock management, physical operations/mutilations - SE KRAV 2006

Mattsson, Eva (2006) Livestock management, physical operations/mutilations - SE KRAV 2006. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

The only mutilations allowed are castration and dehorning. Castration of calves has to be done before they are 8 weeks old. Calves should be anaesthetised during castration. Castration of pigs should be done before they are 7 days old. Dehorning of calves through burning is allowed before the age of 8 weeks. Dehorning of older animals can be done on a case by case basis for animal welfare reasons (KRAV standards paragraph 5.5.3 and 5.5.4).

Difference

EU Regulation 2092/91 allows mutilations for reasons of safety, improvment of health, welfare and hygiene, but not in a systematic manner. Mutilations must be carried out at the most appropriate age by qualified personnel and any suffering to the animals must be reduced to a minimum. Castrations are allowed if the above requirements are fulfilled. The KRAV standards allow fewer types of mutilations and have more precise time limits and requirements.

Justification

If mutilations are only done at young age the risk for side effects is less. Ringing of bulls is not seen as a mutilation. Ringing of sows is not permitted by Swedish law.

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

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry
Country/Standard: Europe > Sweden > Krav
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:1142
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:05 Oct 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:01

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