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ENCLOSED deer in Great Britain generally have a life worth living, but some may face challenges due to inadequate stockmanship and husbandry.
So says the Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) in a recently published opinion on the welfare of farmed and park deer. The committee last considered the welfare of farmed deer in 1985, but the welfare of deer kept in parks was not considered at that time. Its new opinion covers all deer species that are enclosed, principally red deer on farms and fallow deer within parks. Its objective was to determine whether the welfare of farmed deer has changed since 1985.
The FAWC notes that more farmed deer are killed in the UK now than in 1985 and up …
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