Animal welfare at the heart of Labour's agricultural policy

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A ban on live exports of animals, the introduction of mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses and a consultation on the expansion of "megafarms" are among the proposals in a 50-point animal welfare draft policy document which was launched yesterday by the Labour Party.

A 50-point animal welfare draft policy document also sets out plans to strengthen the Hunting Act to prevent illegal fox hunting, and enshrine the principle that animals are sentient in law as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

The BVA also supported the proposal for mandatory labelling of meat, particularly the method of slaughter for the animal - stun or non-stun.

In addition to the much-debated topic of factory faming and the welfare of animals in agriculture, the new proposals from the Labour party would address the issue of renters who own pets.

Hayman said: "With new trade deals on the horizon and the United Kingdom no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we want to ensure there is a comprehensive legislative agenda in place so that the United Kingdom becomes a world leader on animal rights". Post-Brexit farm subsidies should be created to move away from intensive factory farming and "bad environmental practices", the party said. "With new trade deals on the horizon and the United Kingdom no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we want to ensure there is a comprehensive legislative agenda in place so that the United Kingdom becomes a world leader on animal rights".

"Animal welfare is at the heart of everything vets do and we have repeatedly called for measures to ensure there is a duty on government to have regard for animal welfare in policy-making", said Fishwick. "Our vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding", Ms Hayman explained. Animal welfare activists consider this cruel though advocates of the Jewish custom, called shechita, say it is overall less prone to induce suffering because, unlike industrial methods, it is not mechanized and involves more oversight in each procedure.

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