• live animal exports

    I support British farming and want it to be economically viable, environmentally sustainable and to lead the world with high standards in animal welfare and food quality. I would like to see a growth in the trade and export of meat rather than live animals and I believe animals should be slaughtered as close as possible to where they are reared. The current Government has committed to examine the future of live animal exports and I will await any proposals that it brings forward on this issue. At the recent election, I stood on a manifesto which pledged to promote cruelty-free animal husbandry and to consult on ways to ensure agreed standards are better enforced. I will continue to press for the highest possible animal welfare standards across British farming. We must prioritise a sustainable, long-term future for our farming, fishing and food industries. We cannot allow Brexit to be used as an excuse for food standards to be reduced or to allow cheap and inferior produce to flood the UK market. I believe we should reconfigure funds for farming to promote sustainable practices so that the industry can thrive and succeed while benefitting local communities. I can assure you I will continue to call for action to promote a humane and sustainable British farming system. I will also press for our existing environmental and animal welfare standards to be retained and strengthened once we have left the EU.

    I believe the most significant issue for animal welfare is the distance that animals are transported and the condition those animals are housed in rather than exports, it is for this reason I am unable to sign this EDM.