RSPCA expresses approval that animal welfare standards will not be lowered in new Agricultural Bill

12 September 2018, at 12:00am

UK - The RSPCA issued a statement on the new post-Brexit Agriculture Bill, expressing their approval of animal welfare standards

RSPCA Head of Public Affairs David Bowles said: “This Bill should be good for animals, good for farmers and good for consumers.

“We’re heartened that recognition of animal welfare as a public good and financial support for higher animal welfare standards are in the new Bill. These two elements are fundamental to improving animal welfare standards. The government’s commitment not to lower animal welfare standards in any trade deals is also very welcome.

“The RSPCA is looking forward to working with Defra on developing higher animal welfare projects. But success will depend on the level and ongoing consistency of funding. We’re calling on the government to ensure that financial support to develop higher welfare schemes is available and if needed ring fenced.

“We also welcome the news that agricultural payments will no longer be based on food production.”