Audit office slams Dutch agriculture ministry

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The Dutch Audit Office says the ministry’s inspectors are not carrying out enough checks to ensure that regulations governing animal welfare are being observed.

13 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch Audit Office says the agriculture ministry does not carry out enough checks to ensure that regulations governing animal welfare are being observed.

The number of hours that inspectors spend ensuring that regulations are followed is set by the agriculture minister every year.

However, the audit office says inspectors have missed their targets several times over the last few years.

The audit office also doubts whether the Netherlands will be able to meet European Union manure regulations as milk quotas are scheduled to be raised and that will increase the amount of manure produced by Dutch dairy farms.

Friends of the Earth Netherlands says the agriculture ministry should be abolished as it has consistently failed to reach targets and fulfil promises.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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