The Prime Minister on changes to the Animal Protection Act: we form the conditions for breeding in such a way as to support the development of Polish agriculture

Establishment of the State Inspection for Animal Protection, compensations for agricultural producers, permissibility of ritual slaughter of poultry and extension of vacatio legis until 1 January 2022 – these are the changes to the Animal Protection Act proposed by the Government. Situation of the Polish countryside and the Polish farmers is an important element of social development. For this reason, the Government led by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki listens to all voices in the public debate. This means that the proposed solutions take into account both animal welfare and the situation of agricultural farms.

 

 

 


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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Humaneness as the measure of development of civilisation

We are responsible for all that surrounds us and we should form the conditions for breeding in such a way as to support the development of Polish agriculture said the Head of the Government. He added that modern 21st century states need not condemn animals to suffering.

The proposed actions are aimed first and foremost at development of the Polish countryside, but also at constant improvement of the breeding standards and protection of animals against unnecessary suffering.

A new, specialised Inspection

The proposed changes assume establishment of the State Inspection for Animal Protection. Only its experts will have the right to verify the manner of raising, breeding and treatment of animals.

The Prime Minister announced that the establishment of the State Inspection for Animal Protection is planned as early as the beginning of the next year.

New regulations effective January 2022

The Government proposal of changes assumes that the effective date of provisions of the Animal Protection Act will be postponed until 1 January 2022. This will allow agricultural producers and breeders to prepare for the requirements of the Act.

A system of compensations for the agricultural industry

The Government also plans to provide an opportunity to obtain compensation. A special committee responsible for preparing the draft concerning compensations has been established at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. We want this to apply to those who are going to lose their profits.

This is another matter important to breeders and farmers – especially those operating fur farms. Compensations will be granted if they fail to switch to a different type of production in time.


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