We have just made another big step forward. Commerce and Employment have released a consultation paper about the licensing of tethering of cattle, goats and horses. In this paper they propose how a licensing system would work and they would like the feed back of the general public. We have put this consultation paper below and would love it if you could print it off and give your feedback to to them. The closing date of sending in your feedback is 9th August so please make sure to do it soon! To download the pdf please just click on the image of the Consultation paper below. This should then give the the option to either save the file or open it. Thank you for your support.
PAW has received a letter from Al Brouard (Deputy Minister, Commerce and Employment) which he thanks Sue for bringing the tethering issue to his and Deputy Laurie Queripel’s attention.
Further to their meeting of 10 April, David Chamberlain (States Vet) is compiling a report with a recommendation to the Board to licence tethering.
Al Brouard also states that he is confident that they will be able to extend existing regulations to “further assure the welfare of tethered cattle”.
Watch this space for further updates.
Please refer to link below for cattle scoring.
Promoting Animal Welfare (PAW) members: Sue Vidamour, Jeanne Gathercole and Linda Laine attended a meeting on 10 April 2013 with Commerce & Employment Deputies Al Brouard and Laurie Queripel, Director of Client Services Richard Nash and States Vet David Chamberlain. This meeting was requested by PAW to discuss the topical issue of tethering of cattle in Guernsey.
Following a lengthy debate, the outcome was that a statement will be given to PAW by Commerce & Employment as a result of the meeting. This statement, to assure all concerned public of Commerce & Employment’s intention before the year is out, to address and improve the current Code of Practice on the tethering of cattle, with a focus on the many welfare issues raised during the discussion.
PAW, Guernsey have received this statement from:-
Welfare & Education Development Manager
Compassion in World Farming
Permanent tethering of dairy cattle in all weathers in Guernsey
Compassion in World Farming calls on the government of Guernsey to ban the practice of permanently tethering cattle following disturbing reports of Guernsey dairy cattle tethered in a blizzard without access to shelter. This practice causes clear and avoidable suffering and as such amounts to cruelty.
Tethering animals in exposed conditions would be illegal throughout most of Europe, including the United Kingdom, since EU legislation requires animals not kept in buildings to be given protection from adverse weather conditions whenever necessary and possible.
To cope with winter conditions, cattle need access to shelter from wind and from driving rain and snow. The cold is exacerbated by wind-chill which can be avoided by giving cattle access to cover, whether by providing access to housing or providing natural cover such as hedges and trees. Cattle also naturally group together in bad weather for warmth and protection, but they cannot do this if tied up in the middle of a field.
The archaic practice of tethering, now rarely practised in the United Kingdom, restricts cattle from expressing a range of natural behaviours including:
- Seeking shelter from wind, rain and snow
- Seeking the shade in hot weather
- Socialising and networking with other cows
Guernsey is rightly proud of its tradition of keeping pure bred Guernsey cattle in pasture-based systems. With suitable measures to protect the welfare of these cattle, people could proudly choose to buy Guernsey dairy products.
Compassion in World Farming calls on the government of Guernsey to take swift action to protect these cattle and, at the earliest opportunity, to pass legislation to protect the welfare of dairy cattle including measures to ban tethering, with suitable exceptions for animals undergoing veterinary treatment.
March 2013 – severe gales/snow blizzards
The owner of this cow, knowing the forecast, tethered her in the middle of this field on her own…WHY?
This is the Guernsey cow - our great Ambassador for the Island.
These animals give us so much… milk, bread, cheese, meat etc. Yet this is how we treat them.
We know they don’t feel the cold as human beings do, the bigger the body mass, the easier it is to keep warm. But if we set them free they would go and find shelter.
In the name of common decency, this MUST STOP!!
Guernsey is the ONLY PLACE in The British Isles that still tether cattle.
Write to the Guernsey Evening Press and support PAW, Guernsey. The person who took these photographs visited these cows twice in a 3 hour period, during this time they had nothing whatsoever to eat.
PAW (Promoting Animal Welfare) are having a public meeting to be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th September 2010 at St Margarets Lodge Hotel, we would love as many people as possible to attend. This meeting will give an opportunity for all to make proposals concerning the new Animal Welfare Law to put forward to our deputies. We do hope that you will be able to attend this important meeting which will hopefully lead to the Animal Welfare Law being enabled in the near future.
Also please invite your friends to join our site on Facebook….we would love more members!
JUSTICE SECRETARY Ken Clarke will look into the progress of Guernsey’s new animal welfare law after campaigners sent a letter to the Queen.
Promoting Animal Welfare (PAW) founder Sue Vidamour received the news in a reply from Buckingham Palace.
Her letter had expressed concerns about delays in introducing animal welfare legislation.
‘We’re delighted with her response,’ said Mrs Vidamour. ‘We wanted to bring it to Her Majesty’s attention and to see if there was anything she could, or could not, do. We’re now happy with what she has done’.
You may wonder why we take the unusual step of publishing photographs that many readers will regard as ‘in bad taste’, possibly disgusting, and certainly shocking.
We do so for two reasons. The first is to draw attention to the unacceptable state of animal welfare in a distressingly large number of cases. The second is to highlight the equally unacceptable delay in modernising legislation that might go some way towards helping the defenceless.
While the pictures we publish are horrible and might be regarded as evidence of actual cruelty, it is what we rejected that tells the real story of neglect, ignorance and actual cruelty towards animals that is going on in this Island today.
Some are truly horrific and too graphic to be published. We have attempted to steer a path between giving islanders at least an indication of the seriousness of some of the cases that exist, and not revolting people. We hope we have got that balance about right – and bear in mind that this is just a selection of the cases that welfare campaigners actually get to know of – but if people are disturbed by what they see, then they need to act.
Not only is the law deficient, attempts to update it have been allowed to drag because preventing the suffering of animals is not a priority in Guernsey. No one in authority actually cares enough to push through the legislation that could have spared the maiming, injury and death of unknown numbers of pets and larger creatures.
If islanders believe that to be unacceptable, and welfare campaigners hope they do, then they should contact their deputies, Commerce and Employment, the Policy Council and St James’s Chambers to urge them to act now.
We were shocked when we went through the file – how could this be happening in a place like Guernsey and why isn’t it being stopped? The reason it isn’t are as unpalatable as the pictures we publish. We do not lightly publish images we believe might offend readers but if any islanders are upset by what they have seen then they need to make their voices heard because the animals can’t speak for themselves.
Without help, they remain the silent victims.