Agriculture: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to maintain welfare standards for farm animals after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert the existing body of EU environmental and animal welfare law into United Kingdom law. The Government has made it clear that we intend to retain our high existing standards of animal welfare once we have left the EU. We have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and we intend us to remain world leaders in the future. Leaving the EU provides us with an opportunity to develop gold standard policies on animal welfare.

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