The vote that decides our new farming laws following Brexit edges closer - but we need to make our voices heard, for the animals that cannot speak for themselves.
In just over 100 days the UK’s transition period for leaving the UK will end, and we are still without adequate farming law that protects animal welfare in trade and also recognises animals as sentient beings. On September 16th the House of Lords will vote on the new Agriculture Bill – making it a historic day for animals. We are using our voice to call animal welfare and asking you to do the same. Please speak out for farmed animals and ensure that we keep the vital protections that secure the high welfare standards we already have in the UK.
The Welfare of Millions of Farm Animals is at Stake
Despite claims by the Prime Minster that high standards of animal welfare will be upheld post-Brexit, evidence is to the contrary. Potential trade deals with the US could mean the UK imports products sourced from the kind of farming systems we abolished years ago. We mustn’t allow these trade deals to negatively impact the UK’s high standards and set us back for years to come.
This year will have a lasting legacy for UK farm animals, as decision makers set out the future of agricultural policy for decades to come.
What Do Lower Animal Welfare Standards Look Like?
Do you fancy a Sunday roast featuring hormone-treated beef? Or what about a chlorinated chicken salad? Thought not. That is why it is so important to get in touch with your MP and demand they support an amendment to the Agriculture Bill that will ensure that all post-Brexit food imports meet or exceed the UK’s animal welfare, environmental and food safety standards. But, not only this. We need to make sure that animal sentience is also enshrined in law, as it is already in EU law. We can’t let leaving the EU mean that we leave behind farm animals and their welfare.
Over the last few months we have spoken a lot about the impact we can have on animals and the planet and the negative impact of intensive farming. But, we are concerned that if MPs do not vote for these amendments to the Agriculture Bill there will be little protection for our farmed animals and animal welfare as a whole. So please will you join us in calling for a better deal for animals (#ABetterDealForAnimals) and protecting them for generations to come.
When we look back and animal welfare and sentience are enshrined in law, and our high standards maintained, you will know that you played a pivotal role in making this change happen.