Animal welfare improved in Somaliland livestock trade

Posted on: September 27th, 2012 by admin No Comments

There has been tremendous improvement in animal welfare along the livestock marketing value chain. in Somaliland in compliance with international trade requirements. This has resulted from a number of factors that include: the embracing of animal welfare policies by government organs; increased awareness of the importance of animal welfare by industry players; and provision of infrastructure supportive of appropriate animal welfare practices.

Policy Changes and Increased Awareness of Animal Welfare Issues

A series of capacity building initiatives by several organisations under the auspices of the Somali Animal Health Services Project (SAHSP) has led to increased awareness of animal welfare in the livestock industry and to policy change within the government demonstrated by embracing the Somaliland Animal Welfare Code that is currently before parliament for enactment.

Infrastructure supporting proper animal welfare practices

Close partnership between the Somali veterinary authorities and local authorities, Somali private sector actors, AU-IBAR and Terra Nuova with funding from the European Union has led to significant increase in the number of infrastructure supportive to proper animal welfare practices. These facilities have encompassed:

  • Sheds and watering points for livestock – these have contributed to preventing dehydration and heat stress of animals while at sale yards in main market centres.

  • Vaccination crush pens and loading and unloading ramps – these have limited stressful handling, bruising, abrasions and other injuries caused to livestock during vaccination, tagging, loading and unloading of animals en-route to the ports of exit.

These facilities have been put up in a number of key livestock markets along the livestock marketing value chain in Somaliland. They include Nine (9) loading/unloading ramps for sheep and goats; four (4) loading ramps for cattle; 4 unloading ramps for cattle; 4 unloading ramps for sheep and goats; two (2) cattle vaccination crushes; twenty eight (28) sheds and one (1) livestock watering system. The infrastructures were built in eight (8) markets namely: Hargeisa, Burao, Tog Wajaale, Gabiley (Jameeco), Borama, Las Anod, Erigavo and Berbera. Six (6) existing sheds were also rehabilitated in the Hargeisa livestock market.

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