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

At 10.00am

  • 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

Possible Questions

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?

Further Information

Image: iStockphoto

More news on: Parliament, government and politics, Agriculture, animals, food and rural affairs, Animals, European Union, Parliament, House of Lords news, Lords news, Committee news, Exiting the European Union, Animal welfare

Share this page