The Livestock Welfare Coordinating Committee (LWCC) is going to support an initiative by the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) to place a moratorium on the trading of donkey hides.
During the last meeting of the LWCC, note was taken of the fact that Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia have been making changes to their legislation. However, this is not happening in South Africa.
The meeting also discussed the dehorning of cattle using castration rings, which is not an acceptable method of dehorning according to the Red Meat Producers Organisation (RPO). A position statement in this regard by the LWCC, will state that the use of elastic bands or straps to dehorn cattle is completely unacceptable.
The LWCC heard that a SAPRO Act that had been promulgated replaces the Medicines Control Act. The Act contained a section on medical devices, focusing for the most part on human applications.
However, within the next year medical devices will be evaluated in terms of quality, safety and efficiency, and that will include welfare issues. It will be controlled, and the industry should keep track of this because the welfare component of the evaluation has to be adequate. –RPO newsletter