Government dumps plans for animal welfare codes repeal
Government u-turn after backlash from animal rights campaigners
The UK government was all set to scrap the statutory animal welfare codes on 27th April. But then on April 7th it said it had reconsidered the move "in light of views raised".
The u-turn comes after more than a week of campaigning by animal protection groups who had been outraged by Defra’s decision to dilute the legal force of welfare Codes for farming and to hand over responsibility for writing the rulebook to the livestock industry itself.
A petition on the 38 Degrees website gained 100,000 signatures in a week. Andrew Tyler, director of campaign group Animal Aid, said:
"We are pleased to hear that sustained pressure has compelled Defra to reverse its decision and retain the statutory element of the codes. That means court cases stand a better chance of succeeding.
It is vital that matters of welfare and what constitutes good and bad practice, are not left to those who systematically exploit farmed animals for profit. Suffering and exploitation are already absolutely integral to animal farming. To deregulate and dilute what slender protection currently exists would have been outrageous.”
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