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 to try to improve the welfare of such a large number of animals. APGAW believes it is important to raise awareness of welfare issues, to offer information and to consider all areas affecting farm animal welfare which can include diet, environment, management, health, transport and slaughter to see what improvements could be made.
APGAW has been campaigning for some time to see a ban on live transport of animals and it is looking likely this will happen post Brexit. We support local food production where animals are reared close to the point of production and there is infrastructure to support that. 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 have concerns around non-stun slaughter and we also have concerns around large supplies chains resulting in animals being transported for long distances across the UK.
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
Small Abattoirs In 2020 APGAW published its report on small abattoirs which we believe can support the Government's objective to reduce live transport. We started 2021 by launching the Small Abattoir Sector Group (ASG) with the core members including Rare Breed...read more
If you would like to see what APGAW has been doing over the last year you can read our newsletter here If you have any questions on this work please do contact the secretariat.read more
APGAW has released a report following an inquiry looking into the provision of abattoirs after concerns were raised that large numbers of small abattoirs had closed taking away options for slaughter for small scale farmers and forcing them to use large processing...read more
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