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"The greatness of a nation and its moral
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UK Government scraps protection for hens, game birds, pigs, cows, sheep
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great animal rights betrayal'- article as below
Every voice counts for the animals
Government scraps protection
for hens, game birds, pigs, cows, sheep and
Millions of hens will have their beaks mutilated; game birds will remain
cages; pigs, sheep and cows in abattoirs will lose crucial protection
abuse; badgers will be culled and lions, tigers and other wild
ccontinue to perform in the big top.
In a series of
little-noticed moves, the Coalition has scrapped or stalled Labour
initiatives to improve animal welfare some weeks before they were due
come into force.
The Agriculture minister James Paice, who part-owns a
Cambridgeshire, has been behind most of the moves - which have
welfare groups. In the latest of a series of controversial
Paice this week delayed by five years a ban on beak
mutilations of laying
hens due to come into force in January.
Millions of hens have part of their beaks sliced off to stop them pecking at
each other in confined units, but campaigners say there is no need for
if flocks are well managed.
The delay in the beak-trimming
ban emerged in a press statement headed "New safeguards for chickens", which
hailed the introduction of a limit on
overcrowding of meat chickens
which will have little impact. The RSPCA said
it was "extremely
disappointed" by the decision, describing beak trimming as
"an insult to
Another policy reversal, affecting hundreds of
thousands of game birds, was
taken following lobbying from the Countryside
Alliance and other shooting
groups. Mr Paice rewrote the new game-bird
farming welfare code to remove a
ban on keeping them in cages.
an additional move, the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (Defra) halted a series of prosecutions of abattoir operators based
on secret footage which caught slaughterhouse workers kicking cattle,
and sheep. Tim Smith, head of the Food Standards Agency, which
slaughterhouse standards, said of the images: "The cruelty on
show is the
worst I have seen." Defra said the prosecutions would have
the footage had been obtained by trespass. Animal Aid,
which shot the film,
described the decision as "political".
Furthermore, the Government is reducing the presence of official
veterinarians at livestock markets, to the concern of the British Veterinary
Association. According to the BVA, Mr Paice has also expressed doubt
plans compulsorily to label kosher and halal meat from animals
without being stunned.
Defra has been stalling on a ban on the
use of wild animals in circuses,
which Labour indicated in March it
would introduce, keeping 40 tigers,
elephants, zebras and other animals
performing tricks. Defra says it will
announce its plans "later in the
Mr Paice again pleased farmers and angered welfare groups by
Labour's opposition to a badger cull and proposing farmers
trap or shoot the
protected mammal in order to curb the spread of bovine
TB, which can be
spread by badgers. He downgraded a research programme
into vaccination, an
alternative method of controlling the disease that
killed 25,000 cattle last
year. A cull is likely to provoke widespread
Another Conservative proposal - to hold a free vote on
overturning the ban
on fox hunting - will be fiercely opposed.
Current concern, however, is greatest about the U-turns on farm animals
because of the huge numbers involved. While there are no authoritative
figures, the proposed game-bird cage ban would have improved the lives of
hundreds of thousands of the 40 million game birds bred annually for
shooting. Beak trimming is estimated to take place on 20 million of the UK's
29 million laying flock. Tabling plans to limit the keeping of broiler
chickens to 39kg per square metre, a more crowded level than the
basic standard of 38kg, Defra revealed it would ban trimming
by hot blades
but allow the less brutal but still painful infra-red
The Government's vets on the Farm Animal Welfare Council had
allowing infra-red trimming because of the egg industry's
failure to prepare
for the ban, which had been scheduled for eight
Compassion in World Farming was "deeply disappointed" by the
chief policy adviser, Peter Stevenson, said: "It is
frustrating that the egg
industry has not managed to meet the 2011
deadline. At the same time as the
British industry has been failing to
phase out beak trimming, the Austrian
industry has successfully reduced
the practice so that now less than 2 per
cent of hens are beak trimmed."
Animal Aid's campaign manager Kate Fowler said: "The Coalition
has wasted no time in removing a raft of popular measures that provided
important protection for farmed and wild animals.
"It seems the
Dems can't or won't rein in the Tories. The commitment to
Hunting Act is the most high profile part of the Government's
anti-animal welfare package. But badgers, animals at markets, game birds and
animals in circuses are also under threat. As for slaughterhouse
this Government's vets can't or won't take action and the
prosecute, then there is no one to stop slaughterhouses
Mr Paice said: "These comments are
surprising and disappointing. Cutting
bureaucracy doesn't equate to
poorer welfare for animals - we listen to
expert groups and always base
decisions on robust scientific evidence,
including that of the Farm
Animal Welfare Council. As far as bovine TB is
concerned, these groups
appear to ignore the welfare of cattle."
Issue: Keeping of game birds such as pheasants in cages.
animals: affected Hundreds of thousands.
Last government policy: In
one of its last acts in power, on 15 March 2010,
Labour introduced a new
Code of Practice for "game bird" production which in
effect would have
banned the use of battery cages for breeding pheasants
What the Coalition has done: Animal Welfare minister James Paice withdrew
the code and replaced it with a new version which allowed "enriched"
to remain. The decision followed lobbying from shooting
as the Countryside Alliance and the Game Farmers'
RSPCA comment: "The RSPCA is concerned that the
Government has overturned
expert recommendations against the use of cages to
breed game birds in
England. The Society is calling for proper scientific
research to establish
how to best meet the birds' needs under Section 9
of the Animal Welfare Act.
In the meantime, the aim is to persuade the
industry to act in accordance
with the scientific principles of welfare
and avoid using cages."
Issue: Use of performing
wild animals such as tigers and elephants.
How many animals affected: Around
40. Four British circuses use wild
animals: the Great British Circus,
which has tigers, lions, camels and
zebras; Peter Jolly's Circus
(camels, zebras, snakes and crocodiles); Circus
Mondao (camels and
zebras); and Bobby Roberts Circus (camels and elephant).
What was going
to happen?: On 25 March 2010, Labour's environment minister, Jim
Fitzpatrick, said he was "minded" to ban performing wild animals after
research showed that 94 per cent of the public supported a ban.
the Coalition has done: The Coalition said it was considering whether
proceed and would announce its position "in the autumn". James Paice told
the Commons he was sympathetic to a ban but said his colleague Lord
was mulling over issues.
RSPCA comment: "The RSPCA
believes the circus is no place for a wild animal.
It does not believe that wild
animals should be subjected to the
confinement, constant transportation
and abnormal social groups associated
with circus life. The UK
Government promised three years ago that wild
animals in travelling
circuses would be banned - yet lions, tigers,
elephants and other
animals still tour the UK. We want to see the urgent
regulations under the Animal Welfare Act."
Issue: Cruelty against pigs, sheep and cattle by abattoir workers.
of animals affected: 29 million.
What was going to happen?:
Prosecutions had been started against four
operators at five abattoirs, and nine
workers, following an undercover
investigation by an animal welfare
charity, Animal Aid. It found poor
conditions at six of seven
slaughterhouses it investigated between January
2009 and April 2010:
footage showed animals being kicked, slapped, stamped,
and picked up by
fleeces and ears and thrown into stunning pens. Some sheep
throats cut while not properly stunned.
What the Coalition has done:
The Department for Food and Rural Affairs
dropped the prosecutions, saying
it had become aware of legal precedents
where courts had refused to
accept "unlawfully obtained video footage".
Instead, the Food Standards
Agency has asked the 370 slaughterhouses in
England and Wales to install
RSPCA comment: The RSPCA does not wish to comment on
specific court cases.
Issue: Spread of bovine TB from
wild badgers to cattle.
How many animals affected: 6,000 badgers could be
killed in the first year.
What was going to happen: In July 2008, the
then Environment Secretary,
Hilary Benn, ruled out a cull, saying a cull
would worsen rates of bovine TB
outside of culling areas. Instead he
committed �20m more into trials of a
vaccination programme for badgers
in six areas.
What the Coalition has done: Proposed that farmers in
areas of heavy TB
infestation cull badgers by cage-trapping and shooting them,
or by "free
shooting" as animals emerge from their setts. It has scaled
vaccinations to one area.
RSPCA comment: "On the basis
of the current science, welfare concerns and
practicality, any decision for
a widespread cull of badgers would be totally
unacceptable. Farmers or
any non-statutory agency carrying out a cull...
would make the welfare
issues involved in killing badgers worse. It would be
near impossible to
police or monitor such a cull and could make enforcement
Protection of Badgers Act very difficult."
Mutilation of laying hens.
Number of animals affected: 20 million.
What was going to happen?: Labour decided to end beak trimming, which is
carried out to prevent laying hens pecking and cannibalising each other in cramped battery cages. A ban enacted eight years ago was due to come
force on 1 January 2011.
What the Coalition has done: After
the egg industry said it was not prepared
for the end of beak trimming, the
Coalition will delay a complete ban by at
least five years, until 2016.
Instead, the Government banned trimming with
hot blades and allowed
another technology which still causes pain -
comment: "The RSPCA is extremely disappointed that no specific date
been set for a ban on beak trimming for laying hens. The mutilation of
all livestock is undesirable."