Voters in Switzerland have voted against proposed regulation that would have subsidised leaving horns on cattle and other horned animals. Following the vote, Swiss Economy Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann said that the results show that farmers already have a high set of animal welfare standards.

“Farmers should have the freedom to operate their business as they wish. They should not be driven with incentives into a less modern direction,” Schneider-Ammann says.

The proposed anti-dehorning regulation would have paid farmers an annual subsidy of 190 Swiss franc ($191.65) per horned animal. The Swiss government says the subsidy programme would have put additional pressure on the 3 billion franc ($3.03 billion) annual agricultural budget, with an estimated 30 million francs ($30.3 million) needed for funding.

Many farmers were against the proposed regulation because of the safety benefits of having livestock without horns. Click here to read the full article. – Bovine Veterinarian