Animal welfare

RSPCA fears animal welfare laws are ‘lost’

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is warning that the country’s animal welfare standards could plummet as 44 animal welfare laws carried over from the EU could potentially be scrapped by a new draft law. law.

Around 80% of all major animal welfare legislation in the UK was passed when the UK was a member of the EU.

Existing laws including a ban on battery hens, a ban on cosmetics testing on animals and a ban on growth promoters in farm animals are just a few of the legislative measures related to the property. – be animals imported from the EU which are now at risk of being suppressed according to the RSPCA.

The REUL Bill, which passed its second stage in the House of Commons, establishes a screening process to determine whether retained EU legislation should be maintained.

A total of 2,417 laws in total are to be assessed by the end of 2023.

The problem is that many of them – including the 44 animal welfare laws – could automatically be lost over time, as the laws will be repealed by default at this stage, unless ministers n are actively working to save them.

RSPCA Head of Public Affairs David Bowles said:

“If the REUL Bill is passed, the clock will start to turn on animal welfare standards in the UK.

“Hard-won laws that we take for granted now, such as banning chicken hens, testing cosmetics on animals and giving growth promoters to farm animals, are now under threat and could be lost.

“If the new administration’s inertia or lack of commitment means that time is running out before the process of filtering out these 44 key pieces of animal welfare legislation can take place, these laws will automatically disappear in the tunes.

“It would be a tragedy. Not only would this be a huge step backwards for animals, but the UK government would have reneged on its commitment to maintaining high animal welfare standards post-Brexit, as around 80% of all major animal welfare laws in the UK are those carried over from the EU.

“We must not drop animal welfare standards following the UK Government’s determination to create a bonfire of EU laws.”