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Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Responsibility over animal welfare during transportation and in slaughter plants in Sweden
Animal welfare is an important issue and supervision is carried out to enforce regulations and to assure that animal protection is maintained during transportation and in slaughter plants. At present there is some overlap in the regulations that concern animal protection and therefore the question about responsibility could be unclear. This study investigates how this responsibility over animal welfare is designated in the regulations. Three questions formed the basis of the study: 1) Which authorities are concerned with the animal welfare? 2) What actions are taken by the authorities in the case of a problem? 3) Which factors affect animal welfare and animal protection during transportation and in slaughter plants? The delimitation was farm animals such as cattle, sheep and pigs. Only shorter transportation distances, i.e., under eight hours, en route to a slaughter plant in Sweden are considered. A study visit was made as were interviews with an official veterinary and a transporter. The County Administrative Boards have the overall responsibility for supervision over animal welfare. The National Food Administration, through the official veterinaries, is responsible for supervision in the continuous operation at slaughter plants. The Swedish Board of Agriculture co-ordinates the supervision and gives guidance and advice. The County Administrative Boards decide in cases where deviations from existing regulations are discovered. The factors that foremost affect animal welfare are the animals’ condition, time of transportation, stocking density, behavior of the persons handling the animals and the facilities and equipment that are used.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 23 p.
animal welfare, supervision, transportation, slaugher plants, regulatory authorities
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-39002DiVA: diva2:387648
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
UppsokLife Earth Science
Backlund, Sten, Universitetsadjunkt