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UK will adopt EU animal welfare standards post-Brexit, Defra minister
“We will remain global leaders in environmental protection and animal welfare standards" - Lod Gardiner.

NPA says announcement has ‘significant’ implications for the pig sector

The UK will adopt all EU food safety, environmental and animal welfare standards after Brexit, Defra minister Lord Gardiner has said.

According to Farming UK, Lord Gardiner made the announcement during a House of Lords session on Wednesday (4 September).

Lord Gardiner stated: “We will remain global leaders in environmental protection and animal welfare standards, maintaining our high-quality produce for British consumers.

“The Withdrawal Act will transfer on to the UK statute book all EU food safety, environmental and animal welfare standards. Our current high standards, including import requirements, will apply when we leave.”

UK farming leaders have been lobbying the government to provide reassurance that British food production and animal welfare standards will be upheld after the UK leaves the EU.

Responding to Lord Gardiner’s comments, National Pig Association (NNPA) senior policy Ed Barker said the announcement has significant implications for the pig sector.

“This would confirm that a non-EU pork exporter to the UK would have to adhere to EU's rules on demonstrating 'ractopamine free' pork exports,” he said.

Ractopamine is a beta-agonist, which promotes leanness in animals raised for meat, and is banned by many countries, including China.

“Today’s announcement means that in order to export to the UK they [the US] will have to continue this. But this is not without risk…” he continued.

“The UK Government's tariffs in the event of a no-deal treats all countries the same (approximately five per cent tariffs on pork imports), meaning US exporters have massive competitive advantage (the US have a cost of production 30-40 per cent lower than EU's).

“They are likely to be able to absorb the costs of testing for ractopamine and add shipping, and still make a healthy profit at the expense of EU and UK producers - who are banned from doing a number of practices still permitted in the US.”

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.