The Labour Party has today pledged to ban all cages on British farms and consult on the expansion of ‘megafarms’ in a new animal welfare strategy.
The strategy has been unveiled in a bid to challenge the Conservatives as they try to re-position themselves as the party of animal welfare.
Other promises in the plan include bringing in a phased ban on sow farrowing crates, issuing new guidance to end the use of antibiotics for preventative purposes and designing post-Brexit farm subsidies which ‘move away from intensive factory farming’ and ‘bad environmental practices’.
The party is also consulting on the appointment of an Animal Welfare Commissioner who would ensure animal welfare standards are always considered in law making and trade deals.
Shadow Defra Secretary Sue Hayman said: “Never has it been more pressing to set an ambitious agenda on animal welfare than now.
“With new trade deals on the horizon and the UK no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we must ensure we have a comprehensive legislative agenda in place to make sure the UK has equal and better animal rights across the world.
“This suite of policies on animal welfare seeks to build upon the long-standing leadership of the Labour Party on the issue of animal welfare.
“We are seeking views on measures which will underpin the next phase on animal welfare legislation under the next Labour Government.
“Our approach will not be one of half measures and backtracking, based on ‘campaign of the month’ issues.”
You can submit feedback on the plans here.
Commenting on the farming proposals, Humane Society International UK executive director Claire Bass said: “The Labour party is showing some serious love for animals this Valentine’s Day.
“Their 50-point animal welfare plan shows vision and ambition for a more compassionate Britain.
“Ending the cage age for animals on farms cannot come soon enough, and better labelling of animal products is essential to allow consumers to make informed buying choices, driving up welfare standards.”