Disturbingly detailed article in the Independent about a string of important setbacks for animals in the UK. Affected are battery hens, cattle and pigs bound for slaughterhouses, game birds, badgers, and circus animals.
Before leaving power, the Labour party pushed through several pro-animal initiatives. Now, the Tory government is scuttling these regulations before they can come into effect.
On issue after issue, Agriculture minister James Paice’s name comes up as the person behind these rollbacks.
If nothing else, this story demonstrates the hazards of enacting cruelty bans that require years before taking effect. It’s clear that agribusiness interests like nothing better than to find a way to step in at the last minute to subvert an impending cruelty ban. (Thanks, Christine.) Link.