Labour Party would ban cage egg production if elected

Apr 16, 2018

The Labour Party would ban cage egg production on farms in the United Kingdom if it came to power. The commitment is amongst a number of policies outlined in what it says is a plan for radical action on animal welfare. Other policies include ending the badger cull – introduced in an attempt to tackle bovine TB – and banning live exports of animals for slaughter or fattening. Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary Sue Hayman says she wants the UK to become a world leader on animal rights. All the major retailers in the United Kingdom, as well as a number of leading food service companies, have already committed to going cage-free by 2025. The move followed successful animal welfare campaigns run mainly on the internet. Particularly influential was a petition by schoolgirl Lucy Gavaghan from Sheffield. She initially aimed her campaign at Tesco. The petition went viral, with huge numbers of signatures, and Tesco eventually said it would stop selling cage eggs by 2025. Once Tesco committed to going cage-free,... ...

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Gove explores ban on live animal exports for slaughter

Apr 16, 2018

Call for evidence to look at options for improving welfare  The live export of animals for slaughter could be banned after Brexit, the government said as it launched a call for evidence today. Over the next six weeks, views will be welcomed from industry, the devolved authorities, charities and members of the public, on how the government could improve animal welfare during transport. More than 4,000 sheep are transported from the UK to continental Europe for slaughter every year, according to the latest figures from 2016. Defra says all options for improving welfare are being considered, including a potential ban on export for slaughter. Announcing the call for evidence, environment secretary Michael Gove said: “All animals deserve to get the respect and care they deserve at every stage of their lives. “This call for evidence begins to deliver on our manifesto commitment which aims to control the export of live animals for slaughter once we leave the European Union.” BVA president John Fishwick welcomed the ban. “We believe that production... ...

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