BVA has welcomed the announcement by Government that it will strengthen the remit of the Trade and Agriculture Commission, an important step that has been welcomed by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), the veterinary profession and animal welfare organisations.
BVA supported the Lord’s amendment 18 of the Agriculture Bill (the Curry amendment) which would enable the Trade and Agriculture Commission to provide ongoing and statutory scrutiny of future trade deals and voiced that support in writing to Government.
Over one million people signed an NFU petition which was backed by a wide reach of supporters from the veterinary profession, animal welfare and environmental organisations and called for action to prevent the undermining of British farming standards in future trade deals. The concern focused on food imports from countries where production has lower animal welfare, public health and environmental standards than those in the UK.
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