New body for Animal Health proposed.

The was it or wasn’t it possible canine brucellosis outbreak in Southern Ireland will fade into¬†memory because the Irish Government did not have legislation in place so nobody dealt with it. The UK Government is heavily into legislation and the following is proposed

This new body would have responsibility for animal health, especially the prevention and control of diseases and there is until June 30th 2009 to give your views. The Government’s plans would require everyone to declare annually the number of animals kept & pay a levy to fund disease prevention and control. People with very few animals would not have to pay a levy but the requirement to make an annual return would apply to all keepers of livestock.

The Government is also considering a compulsory insurance scheme to meet the costs of disease outbreak which would be paid for by the owners of animals. As with all consultation documents the wording is very lengthy but gamebirds are certainly mentioned as “livestock” that would require annual returns and horses are mentioned in the compulsory insurance scheme. Dogs don’t appear to come into it on first read but animals caught by the zoonosis regulations do and canine brucellosis is a listed zoonosis. Also a lot of “licenced animal” mentions are in there; is that a lion or a dog belonging to an owner with a breeders licence?