Welsh government launches 10-year animal health plan

The Welsh government has launched proposals to try to improve animal health and welfare in Wales.

The 10-year framework, which will succeed the current Great Britain Animal Health and Welfare Strategy, aims to improve disease monitoring.

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Wales’ farm minister Alun Davies said high standards of animal health and welfare inevitably meant less risk to human health. “They are important to our food production industry and are vital to helping us sustain a profitable and sustainable farming industry,” he said.

A partnership approach is a fundamental element of the framework. Chief veterinary officer for Wales Christianne Glossop said the government was keen to work with industry and other partners to collect, share and use data to agree disease priorities and identify solutions.

“Disease outbreaks and the measures to deal with them can carry wide and costly consequences for public health, the economy and the environment, and achieving high standards of animal health and welfare is important to all of us,” she said.

The consultation on the new framework will run until 25 April and will be supported by four briefing workshops across Wales.

How to get involved

  • Use the online form
  • Contact the Welsh government by email
  • Write to Animal Health & Welfare Strategy Mailbox, Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer, 1st Floor, West Wing, Cathays Park 2, Cardiff CF10 3NQ