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Vets lament ‘severe blow for animal welfare’ as MPs vote against Agriculture Bill amendment on import standards

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The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has responded tonight (12 October 2020) after a crucial clause that imposes a requirement for agricultural and food imports to the UK to meet domestic standards was voted down in the House of Commons as part of the passage of the Agriculture Bill.

In this evening’s session, MPs voted down Amendment 16 by 53 votes (322 votes to 279). The amendment, which was tabled in the Lords by Lord Grantchester, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, Lord Krebs & Baroness Boycott, had garnered a swathe of cross-party support, including from several Conservative MPs. Amendment 18 (the Curry amendment) which would have made the Trade and Agriculture Commission statutory was deemed by the Speaker to be disagreed to as it would impose a charge on the public revenue.

...follow the link to read the article in full at the BVA...

12th October 2020
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UK meal kit companies take steps to ensure chicken welfare

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New report from The Human League UK shows that meal kit companies, who have seen unprecedented success during the COVID-19 crisis, are taking much-needed action on chicken welfare

A new report,Chicken Welfare in the Meal Kit Sector, shows that the majority of the top UK meal kit companies have now committed to or exceed the Better Chicken Commitment (BCC).

The BCC is an initiative led by animal protection groups aimed at reducing the widespread suffering of chickens. Key player HelloFresh has been signed up to the BCC since May 2020, while Gousto committed last week. KBK, Nosh Detox, and Love Yourself also committed this year.

...follow the link to read the article in full on the Poultry Site...

7th October 2020
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