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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Investigation reveals violations in US meat production

Feb 26, 2018

Findings spark fresh concerns over safety of US meat  A collaborative investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the Guardian has revealed thousands of hygiene violations in US meat production. The violations, revealed in unpublished US documents, include dirty chicken, diseased poultry meat and pig carcasses piling up on the factory floor. They also include meat destined for the human food chain riddled with faecal matter and factory floors flooded with dirty water. The findings follow a row over chlorinated chicken, which sparked fears the UK could be open to such practices if food safety standards are lowered after Brexit. Commenting on the recent findings, MPs and food safety experts said that the violations highlight the risks to consumers, both in the US and the UK. “These figures are sobering reminders of the risks to UK public health if the UK crashes out of the EU’s food safety regime into the arms of Uncle Sam,” said Tim Lang, professor of food policy at London’s City University. “British consumers must... ...

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Sheep Scab – A Major Pest to Sheep Production

Dec 21, 2017

Sheep scab is a disease caused by the mite Psoroptes ovis, which lives on the skin surface where it feeds. The faeces produced by the sheep scab mite cause a severe allergic dermatitis, resulting in the ‘scabby’ lesions which we associate with the later stages of the disease. Rachel Mallet at Bimeda discusses how in spite of having four medicinal active ingredients available with 16 different brands licensed and available in the UK, they are still struggling to get this disease under control. ...

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