Factory Farming is in need of review and reform if we are serious about creating a sustainable food chain. The Conservative Government must listen to the concerns of British farmers and implement a farming policy that reflects modern demands.
The United Kingdom has a proud history of high quality farming. I support British farming and want it to be economically viable and environmentally sustainable. I believe that we should be working to lead the world in animal welfare standards.
At the recent election, Labour’s Manifesto pledged to promote cruelty-free animal husbandry and to consult on ways to ensure agreed standards are better enforced. The Labour Party Manifesto had strong and clear pledges on animal welfare. Labour’s vision is for the UK to lead the world with high animal welfare standards in the wild, in farming and for domestic animals. Labour also pledged to increase the maximum sentence for those convicted of committing animal cruelty. All of these pledges are fundamental to promoting cruelty-free animal husbandry and consult on ways to ensure better enforcement of agreed standards.
I would like to see a growth in the trade and export of meat rather than live animals. British produce is market leading and I believe we should be encouraging farmers to use local butchers to slaughter their animals as close as possible to where they are reared. The current Conservative Government has promised to examine the future of live animal exports. I will await any proposals that the Government brings forward on this element of farming standards.
We must prioritise a sustainable, long-term future for our farming, fishing and food industries. We cannot allow our exit of the European Union to be used as an excuse for food standards to be reduced or to allow cheap and inferior produce to flood the UK market. I believe we should reconfigure funds for farming to promote sustainable practices so that the industry can thrive and succeed while benefitting local communities.