as they take the UK into 2020 and beyond. Whilst there are still many uncertainties in the political climate, we hope that ensuring animal welfare is considered is of paramount importance.
Pledges made in the Government’s manifesto outlined a desire to ensure greater protection for animals both in the UK and abroad. Proposals included plans to ban long journeys of live animals for slaughter and restrictions on the import and export of hunting trophies from endangered animals. These are very encouraging to us, but we now want to see these plans translated into legislation.
Earlier this year we shared with you what we want for animal welfare going forward. Our demands included (but are not limited to):
- Strengthening the UK Government buying standards to ensure food procurement is integrated into national and local policies
- Introduction and enforcement of a ban on live animal exports
- Increase in punishments for animal cruelty
- Ban on all trophy hunting imports into the UK
- Legislation to ban the commercial tiger trade
- Ban on the import and sale of fur
- Introduction and enforcement of a ban on the sale and keeping of primates
- Strengthening of the agriculture bill to ensure the delivery of stronger animal welfare standards
The Government has said it is “committed to leaving the environment, and the wildlife that depend on it, in a better state for future generations”. We want to work with them to ensure this is upheld and that the UK can retain its highest standards of animal welfare in the world.