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Furs (Factory Fanning)

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has made an assessment of the implications for animal welfare of the procedures carried out in factory farming for furs.

The Farm Animal Welfare Council has undertaken an assessment of fur farming and made a statement of its findings on 4 April 1989.In addition, officers of the state veterinary service make visits to fur farmes as they do to other livestock farms to undertake welfare inspections. At these visits, the accommodation and management practices are taken into account when assessing the welfare of the animals.