Animal husbandry; implementation of animal welfare controls

Under the Animal Welfare Act, a plethora of facilities and animal husbandries (e.g., livestock farms, slaughterhouses, laboratory animal facilities) must be inspected regularly to ensure compliance with legal animal welfare requirements.


Inspections are also permissible without concrete suspicion. In case of suspicion, private animal husbandries are subject to inspection by the veterinary office.

The following are subject to supervision by the competent authority

  • Livestock farms including horse farms,
  • Commercial riding and driving operations
  • Establishments that transport animals on a commercial basis,
  • pet shops,
  • Animal exchanges
  • Circus operations and animal shows,
  • Animal shelters and similar establishments,
  • Organizations that import vertebrate animals (other than livestock) from abroad and sell or broker them for a fee,
  • Professional dog trainers,
  • Commercial controllers of vertebrate animals as pests
  • Zoological Gardens,
  • Establishments where animals are slaughtered,
  • establishments in which
    • Animal experiments are carried out,
    • Experimental animals are bred,
    • vertebrate animals are used for the purposes specified in § 6 para. 1 sentence 2 no. 4 of the Animal Protection Act, or
    • vertebrates are killed for scientific purposes.

The authorities are authorized to issue the necessary orders to put an end to conditions that are contrary to animal protection. These range from verbal orders to remedy identified deficiencies to the removal of the animals and the initiation of proceedings to impose fines.


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