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Animal Keeping Act (No. 873 of 2013).

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Date of original text

This Act contains rules on the keeping of livestock animals for commercial purposes. It applies to domesticated animals as well as wild animals, food and products originating from animals, and their waste (fertilizers). It regulates various aspects of animal keeping, such as monitoring of their health and production, their registration and marking, prevention of diseases and pests, national and international trade of animals, development of embryos, seed, feed and animal waste, animal drugs, etc. The Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries may lay down rules on the obligation to provide information on animal husbandry for the Central Husbandry Register (CHR). Keeping of certain animal species for agriculture purpose must be pre-authorized by the Minister, as long as the animals physiological, behavioral and health needs are met, that prevention of disease spreading is observed and that they do not come in contact with wild animals, and that birds are not kept in unlit places.
Regulations are applied on requirements for pedigree and quality of livestock. These regulations shall provide methods for lineage and quality assessment. Additionally, trade (import and export) of animals, animal food, semen, embryos, animal feed and other products thereof with risk of spreading diseases and zoonotic pathogens are regulated with the implementation of veterinary regulations. Slaughtered animals and derivates thereof which are not usable by humans shall be safely transported in order to avoid diseases. The Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries shall lay down rules on the design, operation and supervision as well as veterinarian activities in connection with zoos, animal parks, pet shops and similar animal husbandry places and on payment of supervision costs. The Act adheres to EU directives and decisions on related matters.
SWINE - The Minister shall regulate large swine and cattle herds to be covered by a mandatory health certificate agreed between livestock owner or his representative and a veterinarian; advice for counseling courses and classes for livestock may also be included in the health agreement. Order of additional veterinary medical assessment for reduction of antibiotic consumption in swine herd may be given. Herd owners shall on their own expense - implement self-monitoring of transportation of slaughter pigs by agreement between the herd owner and slaughter facilities.
Article 36b The Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries may decide that owners of livestock, including hunters, must report results of diagnostic laboratory results when investigating on animal diseases.
The Act consists of 16 Chapters: Scope and purpose (1); Keeping, registration, labeling and sale of animals (2); Dangerous animals (3); Keeping of certain animal species (4); Domestic animal breeding (5); Animal diseases and infections (6); Import and export of animals (7); Semen, ova and embryos (8); Animal waste and feed (9); Storage and use of drugs (10); Payment and compensation (11); Control in connection with group delivery of hogs and publication of inspection results (12); Appeals and delegation (13); The European Community (14); Penalty and disqualification (15); Entry into force (16).
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Entry into force notes
Parial or full entry into force shall be determined by the Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
The Act does not apply to Greenland nor to the Faroe Islands.
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Legislation Amendment
Original title
Bekendtg relse af lov om hold af dyr.