For the controversial castration of piglets should be able to use peasants in Germany in the future, an anesthetic. This is the Federal Minister of agriculture, Julia Klöckner (CDU) announced. The Federal office for consumer protection and food safety had the medicinal product Isoflurane Baxter, an inhalation anesthetic for dogs, cats, horses, and pigs on the 19. November, the authorisation will be issued.

Until the beginning of November had been agreed by the peaks of the Grand coalition in Berlin to allow the drugs to loose castration of piglets for a further two years. It was originally planned, the painful practice after a Transition period of five years to 1. Ban January 2019 final.

An important Argument, with the farmers, representatives of the German farmers ‘ Association and parts of the policy for an extension of the exemption rules had advertised, was the Lack of a marketable and viable Alternative to anaesthesia-free castration. Alternative procedures would not yet be accepted by trade and consumers and required veterinary medicinal products not yet approved. The latter is changed by the admission of Isoflurane.

Klöckner announces-time regulation

“I am pleased that further development is managed to support the German Piglet producers in terms of animal welfare and to be able to compete with producers in other countries,” said Klockner. Now an Option available that can meet the requirement of a pain-free castration stand for the application of Klöckner will present “timely manner” of a regulation.

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In Germany, are spayed and neutered each year, approximately 20 million male piglets a few days after birth without anesthesia. This method should prevent that meat from boars gets a strong odor and aftertaste.

transitional periods

critics used to complain that the farmers would not have used the multi-year transition period sufficient to bring the Alternatives to anaesthesia-free removal of the testes on the way, and locked up from not understandable reasons, alternative methods that are already available today.

This includes the so-called immuno-castration on the count. The process is similar to a vaccination and to prevent the boar odour are reliable. In other countries, such as Switzerland and Sweden, is required to have a General anesthesia, the animals already today, the cost of about five euros.

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