Britain bans the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter as part of a new animal welfare law. British livestock farmers can receive subsidies to improve animal health and welfare and to reduce CO2 emissions.
The Animal Welfare Action Plan was launched by Secretary of the Environment George Eustace and will target wildlife and domestic animals as well as agricultural livestock. Eustace said the new UK law recognizes animals as "living beings".
In addition to the restriction on animal transport, there will also be a reduction in cages and pens in poultry and pig farming, that is the intention. There will also be new rules for slaughter. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has also said it is working closely with the industry to transform future agricultural policy. The purpose of this is to “forge a new deal” between the government and farmers.
In the countryside there will be stricter laws against stray dogs, poaching and limiting the use of glue traps. There will also be a subsidy for the conservation of nature projects.
The bill also includes provisions for animals outside the UK, including a ban on the import of hunting trophies and the sale of ivory; import or export of shark fins, and a possible ban on the sale of foie gras.
The UK government added that tightening animal welfare “will not be jeopardized by new trade agreements”.
Zoë Davies of the British pig farm warned against too big and too fast. “There is no doubt that some of these measures can have a significant impact on the pig sector, especially if introduced too quickly and do not fully consider the implications.
“The impact of new legislation on the competitiveness of the industry must be taken into account. This includes ensuring that equivalent standards apply to pork imports, ”said UK pig farmers.