Monday, December 6, 2021
Home Uncategorized Crisis in Polish ruling party PiS due to new animal welfare law

Crisis in Polish ruling party PiS due to new animal welfare law

In Poland, a new Animal Welfare Act threatens to overthrow the conservative-nationalist government coalition, and threatens a split in the large ruling party Law and Justice (PiS).

The new law wants to ban fur farming and the keeping of fairground animals, as well as an almost complete ban on slaughter without stunning. That would mean the downfall of the Polish poultry industry. Prime Minister Andrzej Duda's proposal of the right-wing conservative ruling party PiS does receive support from part of his own PiS faction and from the left-wing opposition parties, but not from the agrarian movements within his own party, nor from the other smaller coalition parties.

As a result, it should become clear next week whether Duda can continue to govern as a minority cabinet, or whether early parliamentary elections should be held. Prime Minister Duda himself supports the proposal that he believes will bring Poland into line with the standards of the European Union. He also believes that "all good people" should support the law.

Opponents argue that the law is a threat to the Polish livestock industry. Poland is one of Europe's largest exporters of fox and mink fur, as well as kosher meat. The law will still allow ritual slaughter to a limited extent, but only for religious people in Poland itself. Kosher meat would therefore no longer be exported, which is what almost the entire Polish poultry industry runs on.

Polish Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski, who is a member of PiS, is also not in favor of the law. Last Wednesday, hundreds of farmers protested outside the minister's office and in front of the parliament building in Warsaw. Polish farmers accuse the PiS party that last year (in the parliamentary elections) and in July (in the presidential elections) not a word was said about this radical change in law.

But the youth division of the PiS party has been pushing for years for a better Environmental and Climate Policy and modernization of the Polish countryside and the agricultural sector. The youth department has recently been closely involved in drafting the new Animal Welfare Act. Almost to coincide with the presentation of the plans, Polish media broadcast shocking video footage of how animals in Polish fur farms are treated.

Popular

Farmers hold 'global market' in Rome at UN summit on hunger

In Rome, several hundred farmers and food producers protested in the historic Circo Massimo market square for a better global food supply. She...

Poultry Colombia and Peru could use some Dutch knowledge

Due to the continued growth of poultry consumption, Colombia and Peru have an increasing need for foreign investment and knowledge. In addition, ...

German politicians remain silent in TV debate about the future of agriculture

Also in the second live debate on German television between the three party leaders on Sunday evening, agriculture was again barely discussed,...

Court of Audit: EU did too little for healthier European forests

The European Court of Auditors finds that in recent years the European Union has used far too little money from the CAP Rural Fund for...

European Parliament further tightens farm-to-fork criteria

The European Parliament wants to significantly expand the European Commission's food strategy and make it more future-oriented. In Strasbourg, MEPs -...

Just in

Tractor demonstration in Brussels by European farmers is canceled

The agricultural demonstration that was to be held in Brussels on 13 and 14 December has been canceled. The rally with tractors would...

European Commission starts trial against more German environmental pollution

The European Commission has brought proceedings before the Court of Justice against Germany and Romania for insufficient protection of biodiversity in...

Russia: size of food imports roughly equal to exports

Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patroeshev expects pork production to recover in several regions in the next six months. That has...

Stricter European rules for long-distance livestock transport

The European Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into Livestock Transport has rendered a damning verdict on the way livestock is transported through EU countries. Also...

German agriculture requests permission for new gene technology CRISPR/cas

German agricultural organizations have called on the new centre-left 'traffic light coalition' to allow new gene techniques such as CRISPR/cas for greater food security and sustainability...