Brexit ‘most defining political event’ for protection of livestock

Mar 5, 2018

Leaving the EU will be one of the “most defining political events” for the protection of UK animals, including livestock, according to a new report. The lesser acknowledged animal welfare impacts of Brexit include a shortage of vets, costlier veterinary medicine, and an increase in the numbers of animals used in research, according to a new report by the Green Party. Keith Taylor MEP has launched his new ‘Animals and Brexit’ report at the Green Party’s Spring conference in Bournemouth on Saturday, 3 March. The report details every piece of EU legislation safeguarding animal welfare and models the threats and opportunities presented by Brexit. It also assesses the impact the most likely Brexit scenarios will have on the current protections offered to the four main classifications of animals covered by EU law: farmed animals, animals used in research, wildlife and companion animals. ’Significant threat’ According to the study, the UK government’s post-Brexit trade and migration agendas pose a “significant threat” to the welfare of farmed animals and access to high-quality... ...

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Slaughterhouse CCTV law laid before parliament

Feb 26, 2018

Legislation to come into force in May 2018 New legislation making CCTV cameras mandatory in slaughterhouses has been laid before parliament today. Under the proposals, official veterinarians (OVs) will have unfettered access to the last 90 days of footage, to help them monitor and enforce animal welfare standards. The legislation will come into force in England from May 2018, once it has passed through parliament, and businesses will have six months to comply. BVA president John Fishwick said mandatory CCTV in all areas of the slaughterhouse offers an “essential tool in fostering a culture of compassion that could help safeguard animal welfare”. He added: “We commend the Government’s commitment to provide Official Veterinarians with unrestricted access to the footage, which the veterinary profession has long been campaigning for. “It is vets’ independence and unique qualifications that help ensure the UK will continue to have the highest standards of animal health, welfare and food safety post-Brexit.” BVA and the Veterinary Public Health Association have long campaigned for mandatory CCTV in all... ...

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Gove outlines plans for farming post-Brexit

Jan 8, 2018

Defra secretary Michael Gove has shed light on future plans for the farming industry post-Brexit, in a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference. Mr Gove said he wants to drive change in four specific areas: creating a “coherent” policy on food; giving farmers the time and tools to adapt to the future; implementing a new method for providing financial support to farmers; and developing a sustainable future for the countryside. The secretary of state also proposed to invest more in technology, including super-fast broadband, reliable 5G coverage and sensor technology that can tell where, when and how livestock should be fed, housed and bred to maximise yield, health and welfare. The UK will formally leave the EU in March 2019, but the government expects to agree a transition period of a further two years. Mr Gove’s comments come ahead of the government’s Command Paper, which is due to be published this spring. Trade negotiations As trade negotiations are about to get underway, Mr Gove said Defra “is preparing for every... ...

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Brexit and the UK Pet Food Industry

Dec 21, 2017

The pet food industry holds a unique place within the food and feed sector. Whilst we are governed by the same high safety rules covering the feed industry, at the same time our consumers are those who shop in the general retail environment. In this article, Nicole Paley at PFMA discusses that although the future after the decision taken by the UK electorate in June 2016 to leave the EU is uncertain, the role of the PFMA is to ensure industry’s views are represented in all relevant negotiations and to support the members planning for what lies ahead. ...

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FVE appeals to protect vets’ working rights in Brexit talks

Nov 20, 2017

The organisation representing vets across Europe has issued a plea to the Government to secure the working rights of EU and UK vets during Brexit negotiations. The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) represents veterinary organisations from 38 EU and non-EU countries, including the UK. It also counts the BVA and RCVS – which helped develop the plea – among its members. Issued ahead of the next round of deliberations in Brussels, the FVE document said Brexit negotiators must not jeopardise the high levels of animal health and welfare, public health and environmental protection enjoyed across Europe. It also highlighted the “vital” role the profession plays in animal health and welfare, antimicrobial resistance and food safety. BVA senior vice-president Gudrun Ravetz said: “We are united with colleagues across Europe in our call to secure working rights for UK and EU vets in the Brexit negotiations. The varied and diverse roles in the veterinary profession provide the foundation for high animal health and welfare, and make essential contributions to the economy... ...

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