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A better Brexit for farm animals

The UK’s Food Research Collaboration initiative has released a briefing paper on the differences in animal welfare standards between the UK and its likely post-Brexit trading partners, such as the fact that antibiotic use in cattle is nine to sixteen times higher in the US than the UK, by weight of cattle. The report points out that welfare standards risk being weakened to help obtain trade deals, and recommends several measures to protect animal welfare after Brexit, including farmer subsidies for higher welfare standards, mandatory labelling to help consumers choose better welfare standards, and using public procurement policies to promote higher welfare.

Find the full report and read the press release here. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #FRCFoodBrexit. See also the Foodsource building block What is animal welfare?

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17 Jul 2018
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