Help us protect the UK's farm animal welfare standards
New section in Bill to stop lower animal welfare imports
Thanks to your campaigning, tens of thousands of you signed our petition to stop lower animal welfare imports entering the UK.
The House of Lords listened and voted to add a new section to the Agriculture Bill which says that the Government must not sign trade agreements that undermine our animal welfare standards by allowing in lower welfare products.
The UK Government want MPs to vote against the new section
This is great news, but, we now need to make sure that MPs keep this amendment in the Bill when it goes back to the House of Commons in the next few weeks. Despite the Government repeatedly saying that this is their position too, they'll ask MPs to vote against this. We must keep the Bill as it stands.
Encourage your MP to vote for the Bill
Email your MP and ask them to vote in favour of the Bill as it currently stands with the new trade section.
Say no to imports farmed to lower animal welfare standards than our own
Most news coverage has focused on the imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef cattle, but what's of most concern is the farming systems these animals are raised in.
Countries such as the US, who we could be trading with in the future, have lower welfare systems that are banned in the UK, such as barren battery cages for hens and sow stalls for pigs which severely compromise animal welfare.
Cheaper imports risk UK farmers being undercut
It's vital that the UK government safeguards our animal welfare standards in future trade deals, we cannot risk lower welfare, cheaper-to-produce products entering the UK market.
This could mean a race to the bottom for animal welfare and undercutting farmers in the UK at a time when we should be striving for properly funded, higher animal welfare practices which go beyond legal requirements.
And, it's not just about the USA, many other countries we'll be negotiating with will have lower standards than the UK too.
Imports the UK is at risk of accepting
Our new video highlights the stark realities of lower farm animal welfare.
The Agriculture Bill and what it can do for farm animal welfare
The Agriculture Bill is the future for food, farming and the environment. It will set agricultural policy in England and, temporarily, empower Welsh Ministers to incentivise higher farm welfare in Wales.
What we want for the future of farming:
- Animal welfare considered as an important factor when developing future farming policies
- Farming subsidies to incentivise and support farmers improving the welfare of their farm animals - with public money not used to support farmers who are just meeting minimum requirements
- A clear commitment in the Bill to post-Brexit free trade agreements that ensure we won't import products farmed to lower welfare standards
- Farming practices that support wildlife and protect their natural habitats
- Method of production and slaughter labelling on all animal products