Campaign to Ban Live Exports
Prompted by the campaign by Compassion in World Farming, I’ve been contacted by constituents regarding the live export of farm animals for slaughter and fattening.
A Government consultation on proposals for future food, farming and environmental policy closed earlier this month. It has also launched a call for evidence on controlling live exports for slaughter after Brexit. However, I believe it should go further and bring forward measures to ban live animal exports for slaughter and fattening.
The Labour Party is currently consulting on a new Animal Welfare Plan and is considering proposals including a ban on live animal exports for fattening and slaughter, as well as the possible introduction of mandatory labelling of meat and the potential for ending the use of cages, with a phased ban on sow farrowing crates.
With new trade deals on the horizon and the UK no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we must ensure there is a comprehensive legislative agenda in place to make sure the UK has equal and better animal rights going forward.
We must prioritise a sustainable, long-term future for our farming, fishing and food industries. We cannot allow Brexit to be used as an excuse for food standards to be reduced or to allow cheap and inferior produce to flood the UK market. I believe that a new food and farming plan should also help us grow, buy and sell more British food.
I will continue to call for action to promote a humane and sustainable British farming system.