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In a review, EURCAW-Pigs describes the complexity and challenges of change as well as the potential for inspections to contribute to welfare improvement. Guidelines are provided for suggestions aimed at change, organized around the following three categories: transparency and efficiency of inspection, communication, and step-wise approaches toward compliance.<\/p>" } , { "identifier": "element_19782474", "type": "modularcontent", "gkzindexmanual": { "title": "", "gkz_content_id": ["993778"] } } , { "type": "text", "html": "


Role of inspectors<\/h2>

Animal welfare inspectors represent a frontline position between farmers and legislation. In their work, they must operate between the domains of legislation and research on the one hand and on-farm practices on the other. These domains are not always clearly delimited yet there are moments when these domains show little overlap. For example, when a farmer is not aware of a particular law or regulation and sees no reason for it, the domain of legislation can appear quite separate from that of the farm. In addition, the language used in legislation can be very different from everyday speech or concerns on farms. Inspectors, therefore, act as translators between domains. While inspectors are agents of enforcement, research shows that inspectors can motivate change and support animal welfare improvement.<\/p>


Transparency of the inspection process plays an important role in laying a foundation for constructive communication between farmers and nspectors. Some examples:<\/p>

Farmers are not always aware of the differing value placed on checklist items by inspectors. Farmers may also disagree with the value placed on some items (e.g. paperwork). Rather than keeping these values in the background, it might better facilitate open dialogue and improvement to discuss these weighted values in a transparent manner;<\/p>

In order to promote transparency and equitable standards in inspections, it is suggested that adequate time be provided for calibration between inspectors in training courses (and between training courses if possible). Calibration can be relevant both in relation to on- farm inspection, inspection during transport and inspection during slaughter.<\/p>