Spain publishes new animal welfare regulations

The Official State Gazette (Boletín Oficial del Estado, or BOE) has just published Royal Decree 159/2023 of March 7, amending several Spanish animal welfare regulations.

Regarding pigs, amendments to Royal Decree 1135/2002 of October 31, 2002, have been made in terms of the minimum standards for the protection of pigs to establish more specific requirements. Specifically, there are new values for the maximum density of animals in farms and new conditions regarding feeding, water, feeders, environmental conditions, and the availability of manipulable material for the animals. The goal is to reduce the need for tail docking of pigs. Existing farms will have two years to make the necessary adaptations.

On 20 March 2023, published an article detailing these new Spanish animal welfare regulations. Click here to read more.

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