MINISTERS will start the abolition of merciless reside animal shipments tomorrow – solely made potential by Brexit.
Beneath strict European Union Single Market guidelines that assure free motion of products, no member state can ban animals being transported throughout borders alive.
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Merciless reside animal shipments shall be abolished due to BrexitCredit score: Alamy
However with Britain lastly slicing ties with Brussels in 39 days time, the controversial course of shall be outlawed to the delight of campaigners.
Boris Johnson has repeatedly vowed to make use of the “the chance of Brexit” to “champion animal welfare” and can unveil plans for brand new laws on Thursday.
A No10 supply stated: “The PM has at all times been a passionate supporter of animal welfare, and as a part of his plans to construct again higher and fairer, he’s decided to ensure that the UK continues its proud custom of defending animals.
“Free from EU pink tape, we are able to now eliminate the merciless observe of exporting reside animals for slaughter and fattening – setting an instance to different international locations with our world-leading requirements.” Yesterday talks between the EU and the UK over a post-Brexit commerce deal continued.
Though there may be hope of a breakthrough this week, some worry the method could drag into subsequent week as a result of proud Brussels need the important thing second “to occur on their turf”.
Negotiators are holed up in a secret remaining haggle in London till Friday, however UK sources imagine the EU may stall on giving a remaining deal the nod again in Brussels early subsequent week.
In 2018 Mr Johnson hit out: “I can not imagine that this barbaric commerce continues to be happening — however it’s. Yearly this nation sends 1000’s of reside calves abroad for slaughter, and a few of them are enduring nightmare journeys so far as North Africa.
“They’re jammed collectively at midnight. They’re terrified. They slip and slide in their very own excrement because the boats buck within the swell.”
Then a backbencher, he added: “They journey for greater than 100 hours in situations of such excessive discomfort that campaigners have been protesting for many years.
“The animals know they’re going to die — and they’re going to die removed from house.”
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