Government must listen as Agriculture Bill amendment on animal welfare standards voted through in the House of Lords, say vets

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

We have welcomed last night’s news that a crucial clause that imposes a requirement for agricultural and food imports to the UK to meet domestic standards was voted through in the House of Lords as part of the passage of the Agriculture Bill.

In last night’s session, peers debated and voted on several amendments that would require imports to meet high animal welfare standards, and one placing a duty on the state to have due regard for animal sentience in policy development. Amendment 93 on food standards, which was tabled by Lord Grantchester, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, Lord Krebs & Baroness Boycott, was voted through, defeating the Government by 95 votes.

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