RSPCA calls on people to sign petition as it reveals 74% in region support a ban on lower welfare imports

Date published: 11 September 2020


Editor,

As politicians return to parliament after their Summer break, they are faced with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to protect the UK’s farm animal welfare standards.

Failure to act now could result in a catastrophic weakening of the hard-won protections for millions of animals in this country.

We are calling on the people of Lancashire to sign our petition urging Government to ban lower standard imports.

With three months until Brexit, the increasing risk of there being no deal with our European neighbours, and as a net importer of nearly 40% of our food, the vast majority coming from the European Union, the Government has to feed the nation.

Manifesto promises and parliamentary pronouncements guaranteeing to protect our high welfare standards as we seek new trade deals around the globe have not been backed up by the legal protections that are essential to ensure the Government does not roll back on their commitment to protect British farmers and their animals.

The realities of chlorine washed chicken and hormone-treated beef ending up on our supermarket shelves have been well documented, but British consumers also face having products from pigs produced using sow stalls, banned in the UK since 1999, and egg products from laying hens kept in barren battery cages, also illegal in this country since 2012. 

Lords are due to discuss this vital issue this week (Sept 17 - 22) - how we feed the nation and crucially where it comes from and how it is produced, is becoming an increasingly pressing issue and we know the public back our campaign to protect and enhance our food standards.

A recent survey showed 74% of adults in the North West region want the Government to honour its commitment not to lower animal welfare standards

Without clear legislation banning food produced to lower welfare standards from our shores, we rely totally on political promises and risk setting back animal welfare by decades, causing the suffering of more animals to produce the food on our plates and failing to protect British farmers. 

We urge UK shoppers to sign our petition at: www.rspca.org.uk/agribill in the hope that the Government will listen to the British public and protect our hard-won farm animal welfare.

Chris Sherwood

CEO RSPCA

The views expressed are those of the author of the letter and not those of Oldham Chronicle.


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