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Appointment of a responsible person authorised to issue instructions to comply with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act Obligation

You or your employees slaughter, stun or bleed animals commercially? Then, for animal welfare reasons, you must appoint a person authorised to issue instructions.

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  • Forms
  • Detailed description

    If you

    • slaughter on average at least 50 livestock units per week as an operator of a slaughterhouse or as a trader, or
    • provide workers who feed, stun or bleed animals for slaughter,

    you must appoint to the competent authority an authorised person responsible for compliance with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act.

  • Requirements

    If you

    • slaughter on average at least 50 livestock units per week as an operator of a slaughterhouse or as a trader, or
    • provide workers who feed, stun or bleed animals for slaughter,

    you must appoint to the competent authority a person authorised to issue instructions for compliance with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act.

    In individual cases, operators of the following animal husbandry, facilities and establishments may also be obliged to appoint a responsible person authorised to issue instructions:

    • livestock holdings, including horse husbandry,
    • Establishments in which
      • animal experiments are carried out,
      • interventions or treatments are carried out on animals for education, training or further education,
      • interventions or operations are carried out on vertebrate animals for the production, production, storage or reproduction of substances, products or organisms;
      • vertebrate organs or tissues are removed in whole or in part for the purpose of transplantation or the planting of cultures or the examination of isolated organs, tissues or cells; or
      • vertebrates are killed for scientific purposes or for education, training or further education,
      • institutions and establishments,
        • who transport animals on a commercial basis,
        • in which animals are fed, cared for or housed during transport,
      • Circus establishments which are not operated on a commercial basis.
  • Documents

    Presentation of the knowledge and skills of the person responsible.

  • Fees

    There are no fees.

  • Duration

    None.

  • Responsible authority

    Veterinary and food inspection authority of the county or city in which the establishment or slaughterhouse in question is located

  • Legal basis
  • Approved

    Ministry of the Environment, Energy, Food and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate