Draft Northern Ireland Animal Health & Welfare Strategic Framework

Closed 30 Sep 2019

Opened 6 Aug 2019


The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has prepared a draft strategic framework for animal health and welfare policy in Northern Ireland (NI), which is the subject of this consultation. The consultation document (see below) invites responses from stakeholders on proposals for a new approach to developing and delivering animal health and welfare policy here.

The proposed draft Framework recognises that an overarching and integrated approach to animal health and welfare in NI is required. Its aim is to provide a vision for animal health and welfare, using a set of five outcomes, agreed and delivered by government and stakeholders working together. It is proposed that the Framework will adopt the outcomes-based accountability model championed by the draft Programme for Government. The suggested lifespan of the Framework is 10 years.

A sub group of the Animal Health and Welfare Stakeholder Forum (AHWSF), comprising industry,veterinary and animal welfare representatives, has been engaged alongside Departmental officials in developing proposals.


Why We Are Consulting

We are undertaking this consultation to seek views from stakeholders, including the farming and agri-food industry, keepers of farmed animals and domestic pets, veterinary practitioners, animal welfare groups and other interested bodies and individuals, to inform the development of the proposed Framework. We have set out a number of questions to help structure your response but would welcome any additional comments you may wish to provide.

''Section 8(e) of the Data Protection Act 2018 permits processing of personal data when necessary for an activity that supports or promotes democratic engagement''.

The survey is completely anonymous and there is no obligation for respondents to disclose their identity.

What Happens Next

The information you have provided will be shared with DAERA for the purpose of completing the analysis of the Northern Ireland Animal Health and Welfare Strategic Framework.


  • Government Department


  • Agriculture