Animal-welfare oriented husbandry
All animal keepers, in the private domain as well, must meet the requirements of animal welfare. Animal breeding and animal husbandry are important mainstays of Germany's agricultural sector. In this regard, animal health is key to the welfare and productivity of the animals. Safe animal feed, responsible use of veterinary medicines and the effective prevention and control of animal diseases help to achieve this objective.
Animal husbandry is constantly faced with new challenges as a result of the expansion of international trade and the increasing worldwide demand for meat.
With regard to the husbandry of farm animals, the legislator has laid down several requirements for the breeding, husbandry, medical treatment, transport and slaughter of animals. They aim to ensure that animals are kept in accordance with their needs and that they are spared unnecessary suffering and environmental strain. Where farmers offer their animals conditions that go far beyond minimum statutory requirements, the products may bear the animal welfare label initiated and promoted by the BMEL. A higher level of animal welfare involves higher production costs and consumer prices.
- Position Paper from The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Denmark "Establishment of an EU Platform on Animal Welfare" (PDF, 204 KB, not barrier-free)
- Joint Declaration on Animal Welfare - Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands (PDF, 236 KB, not barrier-free)
- Revision of Council Directive 2008/120/EG laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs (Codified version) (PDF, 350 KB, not barrier-free)
- Revision of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 - Englische Version (PDF, 390 KB, not barrier-free)
- Animal Genetic Resources in Germany (PDF, 2 MB, not barrier-free)
- Agricultural products in Germany at a glance (infographics)
- Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parlament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 (PDF, 984 KB, not barrier-free)
- Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 of 28 June 2013 (PDF, 14 MB, not barrier-free)
- Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 561/2016 of 11 April 2016 - animal health certificate (PDF, 650 KB, not barrier-free)
- Commission Decision of 22 December 2006 (2007/25/EC) (PDF, 265 KB, not barrier-free)
- Commission Decision of 28 September 2009 (2009/821/EC) (PDF, 2 MB, not barrier-free)
- Directive 2013/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 (PDF, 711 KB, not barrier-free)
- Council Directive 92/65/EEC of 13 July 1992 (PDF, 1 MB, not barrier-free)
- Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 139/2013 of 7 January 2013 (PDF, 920 KB, not barrier-free)
- Commission Regulation (EU) No 206/2010 of 12 March 2010 (PDF, 25 MB, not barrier-free)