To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise
the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
To use the influence of experts and politicians to raise the welfare of animals nationally and internationally.
| Farm Animals
Farm animal welfare is one of the biggest challenges and there is a significant need to try to improve the welfare of the millions of animals within the agricultural system. There are a number of areas affecting farm animal welfare which can include diet, environment, husbandry, health, transport and slaughter to see what improvements can be made.
APGAW has been campaigning for some time to see a ban on live transport of animals and it is excellent news that the Government have now committed to banning this. We support local food production where animals are reared close to the point of production and we published a report into Small Abattoir Provision to ensure the infrastructure to support local small scale farming with short transport times. We support the objective to have the highest international welfare standards and to ensure these standards are protected within trade negotiations. We do not want good welfare standards undermined by cheap imports produced to lower standards and APGAW will be working to prevent this.
APGAW supports labelling of meat with method of production and transparency around the way in which farm animals are reared and slaughtered. We oppose non-stun slaughter and our chair, Lord Trees, does a lot of work on ending this practice.
The Group is supportive of work around welfare outcomes and Health & Welfare Pathways and welcomes the Government’s inclusion of animal welfare as a public good. We believe there is a lot of scope to support high welfare production and will work with key stakeholders to keep seeking opportunities to lift standards for farm animals
| News from APGAW
APGAW held a roundtable session chaired by Giles Watling MP and attended by police, NWCU, RSPCA, NatureWatch and a number of other experts to discuss wildlife crime and what needs to be done to tackle it. The following points were discussed: Wildlife & Rural Crime...
Notes from the Dog Breeding Roundtable
APGAW held a roundtable session in December bringing together the key stakeholders such as the Canine & Feline Sector Group, Vet Compass, Kennel Club, RSPCA, British Veterinary Association, Dogs Trust and RCVS to update Parliament on what improvements have been...
Pedigree Dog Health Update
In 2009 APGAW ran an enquiry into pedigree dog health and published this report: A Healthier Future for Pedigree Dogs Later this year we intend to pick up on this work again as we recognise whilst there have been some improvements in health testing and conformation...
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