Is there anyone – apart from a fox – who thinks this is a good idea?
From 27 April 2016, the poultry industry itself will be in charge of writing and upholding its own welfare codes, says the Metro.
And that is just the start.
“Conservative ministers are planning to repeal an array of official guidance on animal welfare standards,” says the Guardian, whose Freedom of Information request helped reveal the government’s plan to deregulate animal welfare.
Deregulation is a terrible backward step for a better world.
Campaigners for animal welfare and safe food systems have fought long and hard for regulations, and the battle is by no means over.
Regulations need to be strengthened further – not weakened, in this blatant move to please Big Farma. (Or perhaps it is the current government showing how it can get rid of regulations quite easily without having to leave Europe).
Conservative types (whether anti-Europe or pro-Europe) like to portray legislation as tedious red tape that stifles the entrepreneurial spirit of business.
We need legislation and regulations because (sadly) humans with power and vested interests cannot be trusted.
What do you think?
PS So far, 97% voted “No, the system could be abused”.
PPS I stole my title from the New Economic Foundation blog on poultry deregulation by Stephen Devlin. Read his excellent co-written piece on so-called “better regulation”, in whose name “a large and unaccountable bureaucracy has been created to…mak(e) it more difficult for government departments to pass laws which impose costs on businesses.”
PPPS Sign the Change.org petition to stop the repeal of animal welfare codes.
Campaigning works! It looks as if this controversial deregulation will not go ahead. According to the BBC:
“The government has abandoned a controversial plan to repeal animal welfare codes.
The plan would have put standards into the hands of the livestock industry.”
However, the “price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
So, remain vigilant.