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Independent Report on Animal Health Published

by 5m Editor
14 December 2010, at 11:55a.m.

UK - An independent group has published its report into responsibility and cost-sharing over animal health and welfare.

An independent advisory group on reducing the risk and cost of animal disease and improving the welfare of kept animals has published its recommendations to Ministers.

The independent Advisory Group on Responsibility and Cost Sharing's key recommendation is for responsibility sharing through the creation of a new Partnership Board. This would bring together key Defra officials and external members with knowledge and experience of the relevant businesses, farming and other kept animal sectors as well as those with wider interests in animal health and welfare and its public health implications.

Defra will consider the recommendations before making proposals in the new year on the best way forward on sharing the responsibility and cost of preventing and tackling animal disease outbreaks with the people who look after them. Animal keepers have invaluable experience and knowledge that should be fully used to tackle animal disease.

Further Reading

- Go to our news item on the National Farmers Union (NFU) response to this report by clicking here.