Launch of the public consultation on the preparation of a national animal welfare strategy



The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights, Anton Refalo, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Animal Rights, Alicia Bugeja Said, launched a public consultation on the preparation of a national animal welfare strategy.

The objective of this public consultation is to gather information and opinions from the public and relevant stakeholders to guide the development of a national animal welfare strategy.

Some of the objectives of this public consultation include: Review current animal welfare measures; Consult with activists, NGOs, local councils, sanctuaries and farmers, with the aim of exploring how these entities can be supported and work with public authorities to improve animal welfare; Recognize the role of primary producers and work to avoid disproportionate burdens being imposed on them; Consider an increase in animal welfare measures in Malta focusing on groomers, kennels, trainers and other related professions, to assess whether more needs to be done to increase the level of legal protection for certain animal species ‘animals.

Minister Refalo explained that “this public consultation gives all stakeholders the opportunity to continue to express their concerns in favor of animal rights. I believe that a number of crucial points will emerge from this process, and these will eventually be included in the policy.”

Minister Refalo stressed the need to focus on the issues at hand, saying today’s launch is the result of months of work with relevant stakeholders. He also mentions how, over the past two years, various discussions have taken place with stakeholders in the sector. He concluded that “working to strengthen animal rights is a priority for this government, and that is why we have a number of campaign initiatives that we will work hard to implement in the years to come.”

Parliamentary Secretary Bugeja Said, said “Animals are beautiful and complex creatures that have different needs depending on their species, breed and role in society. I look forward to this much needed decision and in As Parliamentary Secretary responsible for Animal Welfare, I am honored to launch this public consultation.” The parliamentary secretary said that this election promise is proof that animal rights are at the top of this government’s agenda.

The Ministry will organize a number of public consultation sessions during the AGRIFAIR which will be held from May 20 to 22 at the MFCC, Ta’ Qali. Anyone interested in attending these public consultation sessions can register by calling 22924203.

The public consultation document is available at: https://meae.gov.mt/en/Public_Consultations/MAFA/Pages/Consultations/PublicconsultationonthepreparationofaNationalAnimalWelfareStrategy.aspx. The public consultation will close on June 17, 2022.

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