Government U-Turn on Outrageous Plans to Scrap Official Animal Welfare Codes

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After hearing from PETA and other animal protection groups, Defra has backtracked and told us it will not be allowing the poultry industry to set its own rules about how chickens should be treated.

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Just hours after receiving a joint letter from PETA, Animal Aid, Humane Society International, Animal Equality, Four Paws, Viva! and Compassion in World Farming – and hearing from Kerry McCarthy, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Defra has abandoned plans to scrap the statutory codes in place for broiler chickens in favour of industry-created guidelines.

“In light of views raised, we have given the matter further consideration and believe we can achieve our objectives by retaining the existing statutory codes”, said a Defra spokesperson.

This is a huge relief. Our letter to Environment Minister Liz Truss pointed out that allowing the industry to self-regulate by authoring its own rule book would risk lowering current animal welfare standards because farmers would no longer be required to abide by the codes – and the action would also potentially increase risk of zoonotic diseases and further overuse of antibiotics, jeopardising human health, too.

Broiler chickens already suffer hugely on UK farms, typically spending their entire lives densely packed in huge windowless sheds. Time and time again, undercover investigations into UK farms – even those with supposedly high welfare standards – have found sick, distressed animals languishing in horrific, filthy conditions. The government should be cracking down on this cruelty and making regulations stricter, rather than handing more power over to an industry whose primary concern is maximising the profit it can extract from sentient animals.

While it’s good news that poultry farming isn’t about to be deregulated, eating chicken still supports an industry that exploits and kills billions of intelligent chickens a year. Order our free starter kit to find out how to make the switch to a meat-free diet.

Comments

  • Chris Burdett commented on April 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    It is time we are all made aware of the cruelty that takes place to all the animals in the world. Things are bad enough in this country but even worse elsewhere. If we don’t know how can we be aware, how can we try, at least, to do something about it?

    • Sarah e commented on June 18, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Go vegan and order leaflets from peta to leave in library books, supermarket shelves etc to try and make people aware of the cruelty of animals for their dinner plates. Couple of ways to help the animals.

  • Chris Burdett commented on April 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    It is time we are all made aware of the cruelty that takes place in the world. Things are bad enough – if we don’t know how can we be aware. How can we try, at least, to do something about it?

    • Chris Burdett commented on April 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      We need tio be aware of the animal cruelty that takes place everywhere. If we don’t know how can we try, at least, to do something about it.

  • Peggy commented on April 8, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I am against all form of cruelty to animals.As the amount of pain and suffering,that battery chickens have to go through,is a crime and those who make money out of of this,should be brought to bear.
    Also other animals that are not treated in a respectful way,is another crime .
    If people who make a living out of their distress,could be shown what these distressed creatures go through,then they may rethink and learn to treat these suffering ones in a humane way.
    I hate eating any form of meat,knowing the anguish that is caused.

  • Derek Viana commented on April 9, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Why such cruelty towards these creatures who make you billions cost effectiveness how selfish or is this a way to get back at Society shock horror punish by sadistically treating such innocent helpless beings what if it was you and yours am I just wasting my time

  • Derek Viana commented on April 9, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I will stop buying all meat products I’m veganism people should be aware of your true intentions you don’t fool me I see and know what you are up to I BELIEVE

  • ginger neimo commented on April 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

    There”s nothing that can”t be done- to help animals.

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