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Livestock management, physical operations/mutilations - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005

Schmid, Otto and Ziegler, Katia (2006) Livestock management, physical operations/mutilations - CH Regulation/Ordinance 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Dehorning of adult ruminants may only occur for safety reasons and not in the months of May - August. Dehorning must be carried out under narcosis.

Difference

Swiss Ordinance is more detailed than the EU Regulation 2092/91: dehorning must be carried out by a veterinarian and under narcosis, while EU Regulation mentions only the dehorning of young animals, with a requirement to minimize the suffering of animals in general.

Justification

Mutilations such as dehorning strongly interfere with the ethological well-being of the animal.They should only be done if absolutely necessary, if at all, and in the most gentle and careful way to avoid suffering of the animal.

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 > Veterinary treatment
Animal husbandry > Animal health management
Country/Standard: Europe > Switzerland > Governmental regulation
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:270
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 08:58

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