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Background to the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy for Great Britain

England Implementation Group First meeting – 6 July 2005 Diana Linskey

Animal Health and Welfare Strategy for Great Britain

  • This overarching strategy was published in summer 2004. It encompasses      all AHW policies, aiming to
  • Set out a vision of where we want to be by 2014
  • assign roles and responsibilities
  • provide improved clarity of purpose
  • provide greater transparency

    Strategy Aim

  • To develop a new partnership in which we can make a lasting and continuous improvement in the health and welfare of kept animals while protecting society, the economy, and the environment from the effect of animal diseases

    Strategy Vision

  • Animals in Great Britain kept for food, farming, sport, companionship, entertainment and in zoos are healthy and treated humanely
  • Our disease status is amongst the highest in the world, and we are able to trade our animals and animal products internationally
  • The costs of livestock health and welfare are appropriately balanced between industry and the taxpayer
  • Consumers and retailers accept that higher standards of health and welfare are not cost free
  • Livestock keeping is part of a competitive British farming industry

    A Sustainable Animal Health & Welfare Strategy?

  • social progress including rural communities, traditional sheep farmers

  • protection of the environment - no pyres or mass burial sites

  • prudent use of natural resources - ethical treatment of animals kept by man

  • economic growth and employment including farmers, rural tourism

    AHWS “daughter strategy” to SFFS

    Food & Farming Strategy

    AHW Strategy

    Policy Strategies (Bovine TB, NSP Surveillance, Welfare etc)

    Scope of the AHW strategy

    Farmed Livestock (inc Fish) - fast-moving exotics & welfare

    Other animals (zoos, circuses etc) - mostly welfare

    Companion Animals/Pets - welfare,

    zoonoses Wildlife (incl game) - reservoirs, vectors & zoonoses

    Rationale for Government involvement

  • To protect public health (“zoonoses”) - BSE, TB, rabies

  • To protect and promote the welfare of animals

  • To protect the interests of the wider economy, environment and society

  • International trade

    5 Strategic Themes

  • Working in Partnership

  • Promoting the benefits of animal health – prevention better than cure

  • Understanding the costs and benefits of animal health and welfare practices

  • Understanding and accepting roles and responsibilities

  • Delivering and enforcing animal health and welfare standards effectively


    The England Implementation Group

    Scottish and Welsh Implementation Groups

    Species specific sub-strategies -e.g Pig Health and Welfare Council

    DEFRA Expenditure on Animal Health & Welfare

    – estimated £237 million in 2004/5

  • Animal Welfare       £63 million

  • BSE (and other TSEs)       £41 million

  • Disease prevention       £42 million

  • Endemic disease & zoonoses (including bovine TB)       £41 million

  • National Scrapie Plan       £24 million

    Animal Health & Welfare Strategy

  • National Scrapie Plan
  • Disease Prev. & Biosecurity
  • Animal By-Products
  • Exotic Disease Control
  • Animal Welfare
  • Bovine TB
  • Endemic Dis. & Zoonoses
  • EU & International Trade
  • Strategy & Delivery
  • Livestock ID & Tracing
  • Emergency Preparedness incl for bioterrorism
  • Cost sharing
  • Beef Exports, replacement of OTMS
  • AHW Research
  • Horse passports,
  • equine database
  • Pet Travel Scheme
  • Illegal Imports
  • Surveillance
  • Farm Health Planning

    Partnership Projects

    BPEX (British Pig Executive)

    RUMA (responsible use of medecines in agriculture)

    British Cattle Veterinary Association

    SCOPS sustainable control of parasites

    Partnerships continue to be developed as part of business as usual

  • Workshop on Johnes disease – NBA, MDC, RABDF, BCVA

  • Export Certificates User Group – determining priorities for export certification work

  • National Equine Database Board

  • National Fallen Stock Scheme

  • Semen Archive Board under the National Scrapie Plan

  • Guidelines for the carriage of assistance dogs – UK Airlines and Guidedogs for the Blind

  • Equine health & welfare strategy

    Prevention better than cure - Farm Health Planning

    Working Group

  • Brought together representatives from across the industry and have identified barriers and challenges

  • Key work in place on costs and benefits of disease

  • Secured funding for pump-priming farm health plans in England

  • Sector groups now working on the best way of delivering to their members.

    Veterinary Surveillance Strategy

  • Website launched bringing UK data together for the first time

  • Stakeholder engagement through Business Assurance Groups

  • Quarterly Equine reports piloted

  • RADAR Phase 1 live with information on the GB cattle population and cases of salmonella

  • Sentinel veterinary practices

    Bovine TB

  • Government spent £90.5 million (forecast) on the bTB programme in the financial year 2004/05

  • bTB Strategy Development Core Stakeholder Group established in Sept 04. Published Strategic Framework in March 05

  • Pre-Movement Testing Stakeholder Group (independent chair) established in Sept 04 to develop implementation of pre-movement testing of cattle. Defra currently considering recommendations in their report.

  • New measures to tighten surveillance and reduce the risk of bTB spreading to new areas rolled out in Nov 04

  • Currently considering comments from consultation on new compensation scheme for four notifiable cattle diseases (incl bTB). Defra remains committed to introducing a new cattle compensation system based on table valuations that provides fair compensation. We aim to put the new system in place during 2005.

    Other disease prevention and control

  • Compulsory Flocks Scheme and Flock Register launched under the National Scrapie Plan

  • Work to remove the OTMS (which costs £1 million a day)

  • Contingency planning with FMD tested last summer (Hornbeam) and draft Rabies Plan out for consultation, exercise on Avian Influenza planned for 2006

  • Transposition of FMD Directive

  • Work on livestock register and tracing on-going

    Animal Welfare

  • Draft Animal welfare bill published

  • Negotiation of amendments to welfare in transport directive now to be implemented

  • Welfare of Broilers Directive

  • Working up a welfare strategy for Defra and FAWC are in parallel looking at where and how they can add value to work in this area.

    Effective Delivery & Enforcement

  • Annual Heads of Delivery Partners meeting – agree and set priorities

  • Launching the SVS as an Agency

  • Priority setting for the Meat Hygiene Service

  • Revised version of Framework Agreement with Local Authorities published

  • More strategic in-house approach

  • Implementation of Hampton report – simplifying the delivery landscape

    Measuring Success

    The AHWS defines what success would look like in its vision – we need to find indicators to help measure success

  • Indicator Framework

  • Guide policy

  • Inform priorities

  • Target Resources

  • Focus discussion In consultation with Stakeholders

    Other important initiatives

  • Learning from Best Practice Abroad – visits to France and Denmark, and work in hand on other countries – Report to EIG this autumn.

  • Veterinary Working Group, and more strategic unit in-house to look at issues around the provision of veterinary services and large animal practices

  • Simplification of Veterinary Medicines Regulations

  • Input into Defra’s Better Regulation Agenda