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ResPublica, with the kind support of the NFU and the RSPCA, have produced a policy report, arguing that the UK can and must go further than the recent trade deals with Australia and New Zealand to ensure that animal welfare and environmental standards in food production are maintained in the UK.
In the post-Brexit drive to establish the UK’s trading strategy, the nation has a chance to firm up its ambition to be a global leader in best practice in animal welfare in the agri-food sector, helping to drive up standards around the world via its trade policies.
The UK must not allow our existing high-standard animal welfare practices to be undercut by imports that have been produced in countries with lower production standards for animal welfare. That would undermine the efforts of UK farmers and food producers to improve animal welfare in the agri-food sector, and make poor animal welfare practices carried out elsewhere yet more permissible, further entrenching unacceptable treatment of animals.
Phillip Blond, Director, ResPublica
David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, RSPCA
Nick von Westenholz, Director of Trade and Business Strategy, NFU
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