Aujeszky's Disease

In Great Britain a slaughter policy exists to control the disease and on confirmation of disease:

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(i) Form A will be served on the infected premises, restricting movements into and out of the premises,

(ii) Whole herd slaughter with compensation,

-apparently healthy and marketable pigs will be transported to a slaughterhouse

-sick and unmarketable pigs will be slaughtered on the premises,

(iii) Cleansing and disinfection of the premises and removal of restrictions.


Legislation - Great Britain

The Aujeszky's Disease Order 1983 requires the notification of suspected disease in animals and slaughter of pigs on infected premises. It also provides for movement controls on all animals and products onto and off an infected premises and movement control of pigs within an infected area.

The Diseases of Animals (Seizure) Order 1993 provides powers to seize and destroy anything other than a live animal in order to prevent the spread of disease.

The Pig Industry Levy Act 1983 empowers the Meat and Livestock Commission to collect a levy to cover the cost of compensation for the value of pigs and other things destroyed to prevent the spread of disease. The Pig Disease Eradication Fund is held by a company registered by the National Farmers' Union. Since Great Britain declared freedom from Aujeszky's disease, collection of the levy on finished pigs at slaughterhouses has ceased, but a reserve fund is retained and the mechanism to restart the levy remains in place.

The Animal By-Products (Amendment) (England) Order 2001 prohibits the feeding of catering waste to livestock and the bringing of catering waste onto livestock premises.

Compensation

The Aujeszky's Disease (Compensation for Swine) Order 1983 provides that the compensation shall be the animal's market value immediately before it was slaughtered had it not been affected with or exposed to Aujeszky's disease, subject to a maximum of #300.

Legislation - EU

There is no specific EU legislation for the control of Aujeszky's disease. However, this disease is included in the requirements of Council Directive 90/429 laying down animal health requirements applicable to intra-Community trade and imports of semen of domestic animals of the porcine species, and in Council Directive 97/12 amending and updating Directive 64/432/EEC on health problems affecting intra-Community trade in bovine animals and swine. In addition, Commission Decisions 93/24 and 93/244 concern additional guarantees relating to pigs destined for certain parts of the territory of the Community or to Member States or regions free of the disease.