This consultation outlines a number of measures for tackling TB in non-bovine animals (pigs, sheep, goats, captive deer and South American camelids), including proposals relating to:
Reporting suspicion of disease
Duty of veterinary inquiry
Government testing of non-bovines
Consent for private TB testing, treatment for TB and TB vaccination.
Precautions against disease spread, including isolation and prohibition of movement of animals
Non-bovine animals in markets and shows
Our judgement is that none of these proposals will impose significant new burdens on any business sector because they are, in effect, largely a reconstitution of existing but disparate legal provisions. We feel that bringing them together will be a simplification and aid understanding for affected businesses (a view reinforced by the attached 'Regulatory Triage Assessment' (RTA)) - but we want you to tell us what you think.
This is the latest in a series of consultation exercises aimed at introducing sensible, proportionate and affordable TB control measures that will, in combination, increase the probability that the goal of national official TB freedom will be achieved by the target date of 2038. In proposing changes to TB controls on non-bovine animals our aim is to strike a balance between robust disease control - aimed ultimately at achieving OTF status for England - and supporting sustainable livestock businesses. However, in order to achieve OTF status it is vital that Government works closely with stakeholders to ensure that change can be delivered and that any adverse impacts are minimised.
What Happens Next
The responses to the consultation will be anlysed and a Governemnt response published within 12 weeks of the 7th November 2016 closing date.