“Veterinarians for all” here in Luxembourg as well?

In France, the “Vétérinaires pour tous” initiative, which is promoted by the French recovery plan, helps those people who are unable to support their pets’ checkups and treatments at the veterinarian . This way, both are helped – the pets and their owners as well. What opportunities are there in Luxembourg for people with fewer financial means, and are similar initiatives planned in Luxembourg? Our MP Gusty Graas inquired at the relevant ministry.

« En France, l’initiative ‘Vétérinaire pour tous’ est un réseau au service de la médecine vétérinaire solidaire. Jusqu’à présent, les vétérinaires offraient par moments leurs services à des prix réduits, s’ils estimaient que le propriétaire d’un animal ne pouvait pas supporter les frais d’un traitement.

Dans le cadre du programme d’aide national ‘France relance’, 4,5 millions d’euros sont destinés à aider les personnes défavorisées afin qu’ils puissent être en mesure de payer les factures de vétérinaires de leurs animaux de compagnie. Ainsi ils ne paient qu’un tiers de la note, le solde étant couvert par l’aide étatique ainsi que les vétérinaires solidaires. Cette initiative a comme but d’aider les plus démunis à avoir des animaux de compagnie, souvent source de réconfort et de veiller à ce que le bien-être animal de ceux-ci soit préservé.

Dans ce contexte, j’aimerais poser les questions suivantes à Monsieur le Ministre de l’Agriculture, de la Viticulture et du Développement rural :

  • Quelles aides les personnes démunies et les SDF peuvent-ils recevoir au Luxembourg pour s’occuper de leurs animaux de compagnie, notamment en ce qui concerne la subvention de visites chez le vétérinaire ?
  • À l’instar de l’exemple français, est-ce que le Gouvernement prévoit de subventionner les visites vétérinaires au plus défavorisés dans le but de garantir le bien-être animal de tous les animaux ? »

Answer

There is no specific assistance provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development in the case of the veterinary subsidy. At present, the Government does not intend to subsidize veterinary visits, will however continue the surveillance of the maintenance of animal well-being.  The various services, together with the animal protection and welfare associations work in collaboration to ensure animal wellbeing is assured.

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