What does Brexit hold for animal welfare , conservation and the animals we farm to eat ? For anybody interested in conservation and the food we eat this should be a pressing issue. As the day approaches and Britain becomes more and more pressed to do deals with the non EU countries such as China, India and the USA will the UK have to sacrifice it’s own standards in order to secure trade deals ?
Over Britain’s 42-year political relationship with Europe 44 EU laws have come into force concerning animals, but only 13 of these have been implemented into existing UK legislation. That means the majority will not apply post Brexit. Most of these cover farm animals and have set standards over how farm animals are produced, transported and slaughtered in addition to covering matters of animal research and wildlife. If the UK were to take no action prior to our departure from the EU, these laws would cease to apply.
International treaties are seen by some as a life jacket against the loss of crucial regulation with the UK party to a number of major treaties many of which deal with animal welfare. However, in many cases EU law is more detailed than EU treaties and as a result more stringent, in comparison to treaties which are often vaguely worded and built on negotiation and compromise between nations. As a result, if the UK was to solely rely on treaties such as CITES we would see a reduction in animal welfare standards.
Could the UK become the dirty back door to allow fur trade, animal parts and substandard food to be traded.
If you trust Mr Trump’s honest dealing and China and India’s records on animal welfare then of course their is nothing to worry about. However, a brief overview from the wide spectrum of the UK’s press should give you some food for thought. ( Just don’t choke on the chlorine).