Comment: Helen Browning on Michael Gove's drafted Animal Welfare Bill
In response to today’s drafted Animal Welfare Bill, Soil Association CEO Helen Browning says:
“We warmly welcome today’s draft bill, which will require all ministers to consider animal welfare when making policy decisions. This is an essential first step and will ensure the UK doesn’t fall behind existing EU legislation on animal sentience. However, to meet Michael Gove’s ambition of the UK having the highest animal welfare standards, we need to see a transition away from intensive factory farming, where chickens, pigs, cows and other farm animals are often kept indoors for their entire lives, in cramped conditions and with no chance to fulfil their natural instincts. In the ensuing consultation process that follows today’s announcement, the Government should commit to ensuring all farming animals live a good life, where higher welfare systems such as free range and organic become the norm rather than the exception."