DAERA Consultation Paper: Draft NI Animal Health & Welfare Strategic Framework

Consultation opened on 06 August 2019. Closing date 30 September 2019.


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has prepared a draft strategic framework for animal health and welfare policy in Northern Ireland (NI). A consultation document has been published on the NI Government online consultation tool ‘Citizen Space’, which invites responses from stakeholders on proposals for a new approach to developing and delivering animal health and welfare policy in NI.


Consultation description

The Department recognises that an overarching and integrated approach to animal health and welfare is required, and has worked closely with a sub group of the Animal Health and Welfare Stakeholder Forum, comprising industry, veterinary and animal welfare representatives, to develop its proposals for the Framework. The aim is to provide a vision for animal health and welfare based on five outcomes, agreed and delivered in partnership between Government and stakeholders. It is proposed that an annual delivery plan will be produced, and a new mechanism for monitoring and reporting introduced. The suggested lifespan of the Framework is 10 years.

You can view and respond to this consultation online on Citizen Space using the link below. If you are unable to respond online, copies of the consultation can be made available on request or in alternative formats and written responses will also be accepted by contacting the Animal Health Strategy & TSE Branch at the address, telephone number or email address below.

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