David: "Michael Gove is weakening animal welfare protection in our farming"
As Shadow Minister for the environment, food and rural affairs, I’ve issued the following national statement after Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment refused to commit to an end to the export of live animals, and is continuing to expand the unscientific badger cull.
“Michael Gove is back pedalling on his promise to ban live exports.
“This is a Secretary of State who has ordered the culling of the highest number of badgers on record and is even rolling out the cull in areas defined as low risk.
“We are demanding that Michael Gove now clarifies the Government’s position on banning live exports, to end their unscientific and inhumane badger cull.”
Acceptance of lower welfare standards on imports will also impair our ability to grow domestic food production.