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Appoint the person responsible for compliance with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act

If, as a slaughterhouse, you slaughter at least 50 livestock units per week or provide workers to feed, stun or bleed animals for slaughter, you must appoint a responsible officer to the competent authority to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act and the ordinances issued on the basis of this Act.
This provision applies, for example, to subcontractors who have been entrusted by the slaughterhouse operator with the above-mentioned activities. Despite the designation of an authorised controller by a subcontractor, the slaughterhouse operator must also appoint an animal welfare officer.

You should pay attention to the following conversion of livestock units:

  • Adult bovine animals and equidae: 1 LU
  • Other bovine animals: 0.5 LU
  • Pigs weighing more than 100 kg: 0,2 LU
  • Other pigs: 0,15 LU
  • Sheep and pulling: 0.1 LU
  • Sheep/goat lambs and piglets weighing less than 15 kg: 0,05 LU

Process flow

The designation of an authorised person shall be made in your internal documents and vis-à-vis the competent veterinary authority.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the veterinary offices of the districts and independent cities, the Hanover region and the Zweckverband Veterinäramt JadeWeser.

Which documents are required?

Please inquire at your local veterinary office whether there are registration forms or similar.

What are the fees?

Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The appointment must be made before the start of the activity.

Processing duration


Applications / forms

Contact your local veterinary office.

What else should I know?

For more information, please contact your local veterinary office.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Veterinärwesen und Verbraucherschutz
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)