Scotland plans to introduce legislation covering specified non-bovine species

A 12-week-long public consultation has been launched on proposals for new controls to address incidences of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in specific non-bovine animals including llamas, sheep and farmed deer.

The consultation, which will run from today (Monday September 29, 2014) until Monday December 22, 2014, will consider the Scottish Government’s proposal to introduce legislation and a regime of TB controls covering camelids (alpacas, llamas, guanacos, vicunas), goats (farmed or domestic), sheep, pigs and deer (farmed).

TB is a serious infectious disease of cattle that can be passed on to other animals.

Rural Affairs and the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“Although the cattle industry is strictly regulated for TB, there are no legal powers in Scotland specifically covering controls of non-bovine species, except deer, where TB is strongly suspected or confirmed.

“The European Commission recognised Scotland as being officially tuberculosis free in September 2009 and the Scottish Government is very keen to maintain this.

“Introducing a non-bovine TB Order will provide Scottish Ministers and the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) with the powers needed to deal effectively and quickly with TB incidents in camelids, goats, sheep, pigs and deer when they arise. It will also give us the ability to provide animal keepers with statutory compensation for animals slaughtered as a result of TB.

“We are launching this public consultation to engage directly with the various livestock sectors and who will shortly be invited to meet with officials to discuss any issues raised by the proposal.”

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