German introduces new plans for mandatory animal welfare label

Date:

German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir presented new plans regarding the products produced and sold in Germany and will soon have to indicate the conditions under which animals were kept. 

Producers will have to introduce the new measures step-by-step over the next couple of years.

Advertisement

“Animal husbandry in Germany can only be fit for the future if it does justice to animal welfare,” Özdemir stressed during a press conference where he presented a benchmark paper to implement a nationwide animal husbandry labelling system.

Already in the coalition agreement, the three ruling parties had set themselves the goal of introducing a mandatory animal welfare label. Shortly after taking office in December, Özdemir then announced it would be launched before the end of the year, at least for certain product groups.

According to the minister, the label should help to make farmers’ investments in animal welfare more visible while at the same time creating more transparency for consumers.

Customers “want to know how the animal whose meat they buy has lived, and they also want to express their future expectations with their purchase decision, as far as possible,” stressed the agriculture minister.

Germany currently has no state-imposed label for animal products.

Last year, the plan of now-former conservative Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner to introduce a state-run but voluntary label failed due to opposition from the Social Democrats (SPD), the coalition partner at the time. Back then, the SPD wanted a mandatory label instead.

ADV

As per the reports, Germany’s next government will introduce compulsory livestock labelling and revise the distribution of EU agricultural subsidies, according to the coalition agreement the three parties agreed to on Wednesday (24 November). 

Share post:

spot_img

Popular

More like this
Related

UK: Mortgage borrowers rush to pay loans after interest rates rise

UK Finance, an industry group, shows how the government's "mini" budget in September 2022 caused fixed-rate mortgage interest to skyrocket.

60% of investors are optimistic about Ethereum’s future

The last year was hard for cryptocurrencies because of the long bear market and the failure of some companies, but investors still believe in the assets.

UK Govt plans won’t work without addressing NHS staff shortages

Health experts warned the government's plan to fix the emergency care crisis they said "It won't work without addressing NHS staff shortages"

BBC documentary on Modi sparks outrage among Indian diaspora

The Indian diaspora held a protest on Sunday at their headquarters in Portland Place against the BBC documentary about PM Modi