Time is running out to protect the UK’s farm animal welfare. Please sign the RSPCA’s petition to call on the UK Government to legally guarantee, as part of the Agriculture Bill, that imports produced to lower animal welfare standards than our own will not enter the UK.
Say no to imports farmed to lower animal welfare standards than our own
Most news coverage has focused on the imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef cattle, but what’s of most concern is the farming systems these animals are raised in.
Countries such as the US, who we could be trading with in the future, have lower welfare systems that are banned in the UK, such as barren battery cages for hens and sow stalls for pigs which severely compromise animal welfare.
Cheaper imports risk UK farmers being undercut
It’s vital that the UK government safeguards our animal welfare standards in future trade deals, we cannot risk lower welfare, cheaper-to-produce products entering the UK market.
This could mean a race to the bottom for animal welfare and undercutting farmers in the UK at a time when we should be striving for properly funded, higher animal welfare practices which go beyond legal requirements.
And, it’s not just about the USA, many other countries we’ll be negotiating with will have lower standards than the UK too.
Imports the UK is at risk of accepting
The RSPCA’s new video highlights the stark realities of lower farm animal welfare.