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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. However, in the new trade deals signed to-date a concerning precedent has been set which could see British farm produce undercut by imports from countries with lower animal welfare standards.
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.
The UK has some of the best farm practices for animal welfare in the world, but in the future we risk having some of the highest animal welfare standards with no one producing to them.
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