▷ Federal government wants to end year-round tethering of cows

15.01.2022 – 01:00

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Federal government wants to end year-round tethering of cows

Farmers’ President: Ten-year transition period “realistic time window”

Osnabruck. The federal government wants to end the year-round tethering of cows. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture of the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). The “essential species-specific behavior of cattle” is significantly restricted, which is why tethering “must be phased out from an animal welfare point of view”. It “must be the goal to completely get out of this form of husbandry,” the “NOZ” quoted the ministry spokeswoman as saying.

She did not initially give any further details, but the affected farmers should be granted an appropriate transitional period when they exit. A period of ten years is laid down in the coalition agreement between the Ampel parties. In addition to Edeka and Netto, Aldi Süd and Nord had previously announced that in the future they would only want to sell milk from higher husbandry systems for their own drinking milk brands. That excludes tethering. How many cows are kept like this in Germany is unclear. The 2020 agricultural census resulted in 1.1 million corresponding husbandry places. However, this does not necessarily mean that the cows are tied up all year round.

Farmer President Joachim Rukwied told the “NOZ”: “In the long term, year-round tethering has no future prospects for either the animal or the farmer.” He called an exit within ten years, as planned by the traffic light coalition, a “realistic time window”. However, he called for companies that only tie up their animals in the winter months and “send them to the pastures” in the summer to be preserved. A separate solution is required for this.

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