Change lives for the better

Can your readers help to change the lives of billions of farm animals for the better?

Friday, 25th May 2018, 13:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, 11:26 am

The RSPCA believes that the current minimum legal standards for farm animal welfare are just not good enough.

For example, meat chickens can be housed in near darkness without natural daylight; hens can be kept in cages with less usable space than an A4 sheet of paper and no way of dust-bathing; pigs can be kept on fully slatted floors with no straw; dairy cows can be housed indoors all year without setting foot outside.

But we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change that.

The Government is drafting a new Agriculture Bill in anticipation of us leaving the EU, and it wants to encourage the public to contribute their own thoughts and ideas.

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This is a fantastic chance for animal lovers to persuade the UK Government to include policies and incentives that will improve farm animal welfare.

According to our Kantar poll, 63 per cent of people living in the North East believe that animal welfare is important when deciding which meat products to buy.

If your readers want to make a difference to the lives of farm animals, they can tell the UK Government what they believe the future of farming should be via our action page at www.rspca.org.uk/farmanimalaction

Marc Cooper

Head of Farm Animals, RSPCA