Labour reveals wish to ban live animal exports and label Halal meat
A Labour Government would introduce a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter and the mandatory labelling of domestic and imported meat, including country of origin, method of production and slaughter.
Launching its “radical action on animal welfare”, Labour unveiled its 50-point draft policy document, called Animal Welfare For The Many, Not The Few, which will go out for public consultation.
The document proposes appointing an Animal Welfare Commissioner to ensure Government policy across Whitehall is “continually informed by the latest scientific evidence on animal sentience”.
The proposed policies include enshrining the principle of animal sentience in law, ensuring it covers all policy areas to prevent practices that expose animals to “cruel and degrading treatment”, as well as total ban on imports of foie gras.
It also includes the mandatory labelling of domestic and imported meat, method of production and slaughter, stun or non-stun, meaning that consumers will be able to know whether meat is Halal or Kosher.
Proposals also include the banning of live exports of animals for slaughter or fattening and the introduction of mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses, while designing post-Brexit farm subsidies to move away from intensive factory farming and bad environmental practices.
Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, commented: “Today we’re making proposals for real, long-term progress. Our vision is one where no animal is made to suffer unnecessary pain and we continue to drive up standards and practice in line with the most recent advances and understanding.
“With new trade deals on the horizon and the UK no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we want to ensure there is a comprehensive legislative agenda in place so that the UK becomes a world leader on animal rights.”