Today the Government was back to supporting furry friends as they announced an action plan for animal welfare.
The aim is to build on existing standards and do more than ever to protect animals both here in the United Kingdom and abroad. Now that the country is no longer tied to the EU, there is a little more freedom to go further and that is what the Government intends to do.
They will seek to enshrine animal sentience in law, ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening and bring in more new laws to tackle puppy smuggling.
DEFRA Secretary George Eustice said:
We are a nation of animal lovers and were the first country in the world to pass animal welfare laws.
Our Action Plan for Animal Welfare will deliver on our manifesto commitment to ban the export of live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, prohibit keeping primates as pets and bring in new laws to tackle puppy smuggling.
We will lead on the protection of animals abroad by implementing the world’s toughest ivory ban and banning the import of hunting trophies to protect iconic species. As an independent nation we are now able to go further than ever to build on our excellent track record.
On top of this the Government also has plans to introduce microchipping for cats, crack down on pet theft and ban remote controlled training e-collars, prevent primates from being pets, crack down on illegal hare coursing, restrict glue traps, fund conservation projects abroad, ban hunting trophies of endangered animals being imported here, ban the sale of ivory, prohibit import AND export of detached shark fins, ban advertisements of low-welfare animal practices abroad like elephant rides and they will even explore a ban on foie gras (yes the posher Tories are squealing!).
Looking into farming, the Government also want to improve animal welfare during transport, give the police more powers to protect farm animals from dangerous dogs, improve animal welfare at the point of slaughter, incentivise farmers to improve animal health and review cages and crate use for poultry and pigs.
It’s a lot of work but clear that the Government are keen to build upon the good work they’ve already achieved on animal welfare.