Live Animal Exports and Brexit
Re: Live Animal Exports and Brexit
The debate around animal welfare standards post-Brexit is both vital and complex. David has spoken in Parliament about this issue and is supporting the Live Animal Exports (Prohibition) Bill 2017-19 which is calling to Prohibit the export of live farmed animals for slaughter or fattening; and for connected purposes. In 2016 alone, the UK exported 555,118 live animals for slaughter, production, breeding and more.
Leading animal welfare charities are calling for numerous changes to put greater provisions in place to protect animals during their journeys. Firstly, they suggest that animals should get slaughtered closer to the place they were reared, limiting the travel time to 8 hours. Secondly, they suggest ‘meat-carcass only export’, so that animals do not have endure inhumane conditions to be slaughtered. Finally, they suggest ‘fit for travel’ provisions that makes sure animals are an appropriate age, not at a certain stage of pregnancy and do not have pre-existing injuries.
Animal rights groups including the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF) and Tierschutzbund Zürich believe that financial motives drive many export and transport enterprises to breach European animal protection regulations, as it reduces costs and administrative charges. As a result, enterprises are encouraged to operate in member states with poorer enforcement of EU law.
In February, the Labour Party published a 50-point animal welfare draft policy which included the idea of a ban on live exports. The UK has always been a leader on animal welfare standards and it is more important now than ever, that we maintain or indeed, improve this reputation. David is an ardent advocate for protecting animal rights and will back any action or legislation designed to promote their welfare.
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