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Government urged not to “trade away” animal welfare standards post-Brexit

A Report by the Environmental Audit Committee has urged the Government to guarantee it will not “trade away” animal welfare standards after we leave the EU.

‘The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum’ report makes a number of recommendations to the Government, including:

  • Introducing an Environmental Protection Act which will maintain and enforce environmental standards once we leave the EU;
  • Undertaking an assessment of the resources needed to replace current EU funding to ensure farm businesses remain viable, and that animal welfare, food security and food safety are protected before Article 50 is triggered;
  • Carrying out a gap analysis in order to establish whether additional animal welfare and food safety legislation is needed;
  • Identifying legislation which could be difficult to transpose to enable full public and parliamentary debate; and,
  • Guaranteeing that it will not “trade away” environmental, animal welfare and food safety protections as part of leave negotiations or future trade deals.

Read the full report here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/…/cmenv…/599/59902.htm.

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