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Physical interventions involving animals

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In the Netherlands physical interventions on animals remove or damage parts of an animal are not allowed. There are a few exceptions.

Which interventions are not allowed?

In general physical interventions are not allowed (barring exeptions listed below), nor are you allowed to administer medicines that have not been approved. There is a ban on the trimming of beaks of chickens and turkeysExternal link (in Dutch), but not of broiler chickens. And from 1 September 2021 a ban will be introduced on removing the back claw/spur of roosters and turkeys and the nose flap of pheasants.

Which interventions are permitted?

Interventions such as ear tagging of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats and dehorning of dairy goats, cattle and sheep are permitted, as well as animal sterilisation and interventions prescribed by a veterinarian. The following specialists are allowed to perform interventions:

  • Veterinarians.
  • Paraveterinary workers: veterinarian assistants, animal physiotherapists, embryo transfer technicians.
  • In some cases: individuals who are performing a paid service, such as ear tag operators (animal identification).
  • In some cases: cattle keepers.

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