Target: U.K. Environment Secretary, Elizabeth Truss
Goal: Don’t repeal animal welfare codes and let the animal agriculture industry self-regulate when welfare standards desperately need to be strengthened instead.
The Environment Secretary of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth Truss, is planning to get rid of current farming guidelines and allow the animal agriculture industry to be self-regulating. This is devastating news for farmed animals, as they would no longer be protected by statutory animal welfare codes. The conditions these animals live in are awful enough. Animals live in cramped and filthy sheds their entire lives, are given no access to the outdoors or even to natural light, and are subjected to painful procedures and mutilations, such as dehorning, debeaking or having their teeth or testicles pulled out without anesthetic.
This matter is extremely urgent as the poultry industry will already be allowed to rewrite its own welfare codes starting April 27. The pig, sheep and cattle industry are expected to follow. Andrew Tyler, director of Animal Aid, has stated that current regulations are rarely upheld as it is, thus any further weakening of animal welfare standards would be “devastating.” Weaker regulations also means more chances of disease and consumers’ health being put at great risk.
Sign this petition demanding that this reform does not go through, and that farm animal welfare standards are strengthened rather than weakened.
Dear Ms. Truss,
Your plan to scrap animal welfare codes is devastating for animals and consumers alike. Animals farmed for meat, dairy and eggs suffer enough under current regulations. If these regulations were to be removed, the results would be disastrous. Farms would be allowed to abuse their animals without respecting any of the vital welfare codes the industry needs more of, not less.
Weaker regulations also mean worse health and safety and less transparency, leading to the return of diseases and scandals such as campylobacter and the horse-meat scandal. Consumers desperately want stronger codes, not weaker regulations.
We demand that you do not allow the animal agriculture to self-regulate, and instead, please work towards strengthening animal welfare standards.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Compassion Over Killing