Independent report

FAWC opinion on the welfare of farmed and park deer

Farm Animal Welfare Committee consideration of the welfare issues facing enclosed deer and recommendations for improving their welfare.



Since FAWC last reported on the welfare of farmed deer in 1985, they have become established farm species in the UK. The opinion focusses on day to day husbandry activities that farmed and park deer are subjected to. It concludes that enclosed deer generally have a life worth living but a minority may face challenges due to inadequate stockmanship or husbandry. In addition to providing guidance to government and industry the opinion aims to stimulate further discussion for all involved in the farming of deer and production of venison.

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