To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what specific welfare inspections are made by state veterinary officers during October and November of each year to ensure that the killing of mink and arctic fox on fur farms is humane.
Ten welfare visits to fur farms were made during October and November last year. These were carried out to check on welfare standards generally and were not specifically directed to slaughter methods.
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many fur farms received animal welfare inspections by state veterinary officers in 1987, 1988 and 1989.
The total number of welfare inspections of fur farms undertaken by state veterinary officers in each of these years was: