Brexit: farm animal welfare discussed at roundtable
05 April 2017
The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee have launched a short inquiry into the implications of Brexit on farm animal welfare.This inquiry is complementary to the Committee's inquiry into Brexit: agriculture and will explore issues associated with farm animal welfare and Brexit in more detail. The Committee will host a roundtable discussion with industry representatives, academics and NGOs to inform the inquiry.
Wednesday 5 April Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
- Minette Batters, National Farmers Union
- Gudrun Ravetz, British Veterinary Association
- David Clarke, Red Tractor
- Chris Mallon, National Beef Association
- Phil Stocker, National Sheep Association
- Dr. Georgina Crayford, National Pig Association
- Richard Griffiths, British Poultry Council
- Dr. Siobhan Mullan, University of Bristol
- Professor Lynn Frewer, Newcastle University
- Professor Richard Bennett, University of Reading
- Peter Stevenson, Compassion in World Farming
- Joe Bailey, Freedom Foods/RSPCA Assured
- Mark Williams, BEIC
- Dr Sophia Hepple, APHA
Questions likely to be covered include:
- What are the critical issues that must be addressed in terms of farm animal welfare regulation post-Brexit ?
- Which monitoring bodies and mechanisms of enforcement need to be expanded or created?
- What action must the Government take to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in farm animal welfare after Brexit?
- To what extent might trade pose a risk or an opportunity for UK farm animal welfare after Brexit?
- What tools could or should the UK government employ to ensure that any risks are mitigated?
- Will current levels of inspections be adequate to maintain consumer confidence in welfare standards?
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