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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 05 9:57 am    Post subject: Defra Consultation on chickens kept for meat production  Reply with quote    

Defra Consultation: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/broiler-welfare/index.htm

I am writing to invite your comments on the enclosed EU proposals for a Council Directive on the welfare of chickens kept for meat production.

Also attached is a list of consultees and an initial Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA). Please feel free to inform us of any other organisations, not already listed, which you believe may have a particular interest in this consultation exercise.

Please send your comments to Robert Davis at the above address, by 30 September 2005. Rob's telephone number is: 020 7904 6512 or you can fax him on 020 7904 6518. His e-mail address is broiler.welfare@defra.gsi.gov.uk. Any queries should be addressed to Rob in the first instance.

General welfare legislation applies to meat chickens but the meat chicken sector is a major area of intensive livestock production not so far covered by the species-specific programme of EU farm animal welfare standards.

The European Commission has put forward a new proposal introducing improvements in the welfare of intensively farmed chickens by means of technical and management requirements including enhanced monitoring on the farms and an increased flow of information between the producer, competent authorities and the slaughterhouse, based on a welfare-specific monitoring of the flocks after slaughter.

It sets conditions for the keeping of chickens for meat production from the time chicks are brought to the productions sites until they leave for slaughter. It does not cover parent flocks nor brooding and hatching of chicks. The proposal focuses on the welfare problems in intensive farming systems with a minimum threshold of 100 chickens.

Luxembourg held a working group meeting on the proposals on 14 June. The first working group during the UK's Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers will be held on 14 July with further meetings envisaged from September through to the end of the year. Although we have provided a 12 week consultation period, it would be helpful if comments could be sent to Rob as soon as possible so as to allow us to consider them before the working groups start up again after the summer break.

We would particularly like your comments on the following questions but please do not restrict your response to just these points. We are interested in your views on the whole proposal, and the RIA.

Would you prefer the proposal to be a Directive or Regulation?
Do you agree with the stocking density levels of 30 and 38 kilogrammes liveweight per square metre?
What are your thoughts on the proposed light regime?
What monitoring arrangements should take place at the slaughterhouse?
How should the Competent Authority manage the obligation to follow up slaughterhouse reports in practice? Could the current proposal be streamlined?
Transparency Policy
In line with Defra's policy of openness, at the end of the consultation period copies of the responses we receive may be made publicly available through the Defra Information Resource Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Ergon House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR. The information they contain may also be published in a summary of responses.

If you do not consent to this, you must clearly request that your response be treated confidentially. Any confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system in e-mail responses will not be treated as such a request. You should also be aware that there may be circumstances in which Defra will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations.

The Information Resource Centre will supply copies of consultation responses to personal callers or in response to telephone or e-mail requests (tel: 020 7238 6575, email: defra.library@defra.gsi.gov.uk). Wherever possible, personal callers should give the library at least 24 hours' notice of their requirements. An administrative charge will be made to cover photocopying and postage costs.

Departments should monitor and evaluate consultations, designating a consultation co-ordinator who will ensure that lessons are disseminated. Should you have any comments or complaints about the consultation process (as opposed to comments about the issues which are the subject of the consultation) they should be addressed to Lance Boxall, Defra's Consultation Co-ordinator, Area 7D Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR. Email: consultation.coordinator@defra.gsi.gov.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully

Alison Maydom
On Farm Animal Welfare

Page published: 12 July 2005


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 05 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you agree with the stocking density levels of 30 and 38 kilogrammes liveweight per square metre?

That is still 12 - 15 chickens per square metre

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