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RSPCA welcomes new powers for live exports
The RSPCA would also like the government to set new journey times for animals being transported within the UK and to the continent.

Government urged to embrace opportunity for change 

The RSPCA has welcomed new powers granted to the UK that could lead to a ban on live animal exports.

In preparation for Brexit, the UK has been developing its animal welfare standards and, last week, powers were formally handed over to the UK’s devolved authorities - giving them the ability to set their own rules on animal transport.

The RSPCA says that it would like to see the government use these powers to ban live exports for slaughter or at least improve the conditions of animals during transport. RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles said that by setting our own regulations, we can ensure transport conditions for livestock far exceed those required under EU law.

“This is a landmark moment and may be viewed as a significant step in the UK’s journey to take back control of its own laws,” he said. “We would urge the Government to grab this opportunity now and make animals’ lives better.”

Among the measures the RSPCA would like to see implemented are more robust and transparent pre-journey veterinary checks to avoid transporting animals that are unfit to travel.
The RSPCA would also like the government to set new journey times for animals being transported within the UK and to the continent.

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Report: A third of Welsh birds are in decline

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 A report by RSPB Cymru and partnering ornithology organisations has revealed that a third of bird species in Wales are in significant decline.

90 per cent of Wales is farmed and there is now pressure to implement new land management policies that will aid in nature restoration.

Patrick Lindley, Maritime Ornithologist for Natural Resources Wales, commented: “The problems that confront UK birds, whether they are breeding or non-breeding, are pressure and threats that confront entire ecosystems.

“Birds are a great indicator to the health of our environment. The continued population declines of birds of farmed, woodland and upland habitats suggest there are large geographic themes that are having a detrimental impact.”  

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British sheep meat to be exported to India in new agreement

The UK government has secured a new export deal of sheep meat to India.

In 2017, UK sheep meat exports were worth £386 million. This new agreement is predicted to increase this value by £6 million over the next five years.

With a range of meat cuts due to be exported, the deal is seen by international trade secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, as “another vote of confidence in our world-leading food and drink”.