FG instructs livestock keepers on good animal welfare practices – Blueprint Newspapers Limited
The Federal Government has called on Nigerian herders to ensure that farmed animals are provided with good animal welfare during breeding, transport and slaughter, saying good animal welfare practices improve the quality of animal products available for human consumption.
National Focal Person for Animal Welfare, Dr Mabel Ajumobi, who advised at the aISAE National Animal Welfare Workshop in Abuja on Friday, stressed the need for pet owners and breeders cultivate the habit of protecting their animals as well as taking their welfare seriously in accordance with the standard of the international organization for world animal health.
He said the Federal Government is redoubling efforts to introduce global best practices in the implementation of the Nigerian Animal Welfare Strategy which he said will serve as a guide for pastoralists.
“As you may be aware, Nigeria’s Animal Welfare Strategy was endorsed by the National Board of Agriculture in 2016. The Department of Veterinary Services and Pest Management has taken the first steps in implementing implementation of the strategy and organizes this sensitization/sensitization workshop for relevant stakeholders on animal welfare practices.
“The strategy provides direction for developing action plans to implement existing World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines and standards; provides a roadmap for the development of future animal welfare policies. In line with global best practices, the ministry is committed to working with relevant stakeholders in this sector to promote the efficiency and profitability of the livestock and poultry sector in Nigeria,” he said. .
According to Dr Ajumobi, the national workshop is a step in the right direction and should go a long way in ensuring that healthy and affordable livestock and poultry products are available for local Nigerian markets and eventually exported.