National Sheep Association (NSA) chiefs have urged caution over calls to ban live exports after fears ministers were listening too hard to welfare campaigners.
Ministers and policy makers are likely to threaten the live exports industry if they ignore industry concern over ‘highly questionable’ calls to combat live trade, the National Sheep Association (NSA) has said.
NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said he feared unintended and unnecessary consequences for ‘no welfare gain at all’ would surface if the Government favoured post-Brexit oppositional calls to ban live exports from the UK, limit journey times to eight hours or ban live animals travelling across water.
He warned the UK was pushed to export following increased imports from countries like New Zealand.
He said: “There is no doubt British farmers and our supply chain could innovate and adapt over time in order to even out seasonality if we were protected from imports, but our future within the World Trade Organisation and a Government which wants us to be global free trade leaders means market protection is unlikely.
“The emphasis should be on a joint effort from Governments, farming organisations and welfare campaigners to ensure EU regulations are properly adhered to.”