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By Pete Moore On December 3rd, 2020

Thanks to Brexit …

Plans to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening are to be unveiled by the UK’s environment secretary, George Eustice, on Thursday.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the plans were part of a renewed push to strengthen Britain’s position as a world leader on animal welfare […]

“Live animals commonly have to endure excessively long journeys during exports, causing distress and injury. Previously, EU rules prevented any changes to these journeys, but leaving the EU has enabled the UK government to pursue these plans,” Defra said.

The eventual ban would be considered a Brexit success, seeing Britain become the first country in Europe to end this practice.

This is excellent news. EU rules on animal exports are backward, horrible and needlessly inflict stress and pain on animals. I heard talk this morning on the wireless of live animals being exported by road from the UK to Spain, and then on to Morocco where they are slaughtered in dreadful conditions. I have no problem with the highest welfare standards being imposed. Anyone who struggles to comply shouldn;t be working with animals. Now that we are free of the EU’s pitiless and low standards we should shame them into joining the civilised world.


  1. I have no problem with the highest welfare standards being imposed.

    The Bozo government is great at virtue-signalling politics like this. But it is refusing to commit to ensuring that future food imports from the USA and Brazil (assuming free trade agreements are signed) will require that the animal welfare standards in those countries are no lower than UK standards. Because it knows that “Global Britain” will certainly need to lower its standards to get those deals signed.


  2. Peter –

    Who cares about US standards now? I’ve not heard a peep about chlorinated chicked since Biden “won”. It was all politics.

  3. Anything that leads to less abuse of animals is fine by me as well.

    We have a long way to go, but this is one step in the right direction.

  4. I’m pleased to hear this. Animals being taken hundreds of miles by road inflicts unnecessary suffering.
    However as Peter has already pointed out, I hope that the UK is going to lead the way when it comes to importing food from countries where standards of animal welfare are low, or non existent.

  5. Factory animal farms exist in many countries.

    Conditions there are exceptionally cruel, monstrous.

    There’s a reason why they work very hard to keep cameras out of those places.

  6. I’ve not heard a peep about chlorinated chicked since Biden “won”. It was all politics.

    That’s because Michael Gove has assured us that chlorinated chicken will not be imported. And we know that Gove is a man of his word.

  7. Now that a real president is coming in, you may not be asked to accept chicken that doesn’t meet British standards.

  8. Anyways, a no-deal Brexit has apparently come a lot closer today:

    “The prospect of a breakthrough in post-Brexit trade negotiations between the UK and EU is “receding”, according to a senior UK government source. They told BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg on that the EU team were “bringing new elements into the negotiation” at the “eleventh hour”.