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  • John Spellar MP attended the RSPCA’s Farmers Market in the House of Commons this week to promote the importance of retaining high animal welfare standards as the UK leaves the EU.

 

  • John Spellar MP will continue to work closely with the RSPCA, ensuring not just the highest ethical standards but also the strongest possible business position for British agriculture.

John Spellar MP met with farmers and food producers in the House of Commons this week, all of whom are committed to the highest level of animal welfare via the RSPCA Assured accreditation scheme.

At a pop-up Farmers’ Market in the House of Commons, hosted by the RSPCA, John Spellar MP heard directly from those in the industry about the importance of maintaining high environmental and animal welfare standards as the UK leaves the EU. Over twenty years, RSPCA Assured has accredited 700 million animals under the scheme, proving that high welfare practices lead to business success.

British farms and the quality of food produced will be central to a successful Brexit -; meaning that a vibrant, humane, and sustainable farming sector will be crucial. Leaving the EU presents a valuable opportunity for the UK to compete at the top end of the market by producing the world’s best food to the highest ethical standards.

At the event, John Spellar MP pledged their support for the RSPCA’s vision for post-Brexit farming and is looking forward to working closely with the charity over the coming year.

John Spellar MP said:

“As we leave the European Union, there are opportunities for us to go further and improve the animal welfare standards that we have in place for the agriculture sector. However, it’s incredibly important that existing standards aren’t watered down. I’m looking forward to working with the RSPCA to ensure that animal welfare remains at the heart of our farming system as we leave the EU.”

David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs at the RSPCA, said:

“Our half a million supporters want a Brexit that delivers for farm animals. Equally, farmers and producers on our RSPCA Assured scheme recognise that business success can be amplified by using enhanced animal welfare practices. A better future for British farm animals is a better future for farming business.”

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