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Violation of veterinary rules will lead to loss of compensation for seized livestock

Law No. 222-FZ of June 28, 2022, will come into force on March 1, 2023. The document sets out a new procedure for payments due to owners of farm animals or animal products seized as part of the most dangerous livestock diseases eradication effort. An important amendment – the owner of seized animals may be divested from compensation, or the size of compensation may be significantly reduced.

Violation of veterinary rules will lead to loss of compensation for seized livestock
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According to the new rules, every application for compensation will be followed by a request forwarded by the local authorities to the territorial administrations of Rosselkhoznadzor aiming to establish the lack of violations of veterinary regulations over the past 12 months. In cases where such violations are revealed, the payment may be reduced by 25% or 50%, or even refused.

The list of violations was set by the Ministry of Agriculture. The payment may be reduced if the owner failed to inform national veterinary services about cases of animal disease or death. The compensation will also be reduced for the walking of pigs or their contact with other animals, which is prohibited by the current veterinary rules (Order No. 37 of the Ministry of Agriculture of January 28, 2021).

Besides that, compensation may be reduced after violations in the management of hazardous biological wastes, and due to other reasons.

The payment may be refused in cases of repeated violation of veterinary rules. Compensation will be refused immediately if the disease causative agent is revealed in the products received from the farms where disease was suspected or confirmed.  

According to experts, this will encourage more responsible attitudes to compliance with veterinary legislation among farmers. “Our earlier investigations of African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks revealed numerous violations on farms, with people not only ignoring veterinary rules, but also not following simple logic. However, even when their responsibility for the disease outbreak was established, they still received compensation for their livestock, just as those who suffered from their negligence, as it was stated by the law. Now the situation is going to change,” Sergey Samokhvalov, head of the Veterinary administration of the Amur Region, told Veterinary and Life.

Read more on the new veterinary legislation and rules, which are to come into force in 2023 at the V&L website.

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English version, 10 Jan 2023 20:55
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