EU dismayed over poultry welfare stalemate
Ministers had been expected to agree to new welfare
rules in Brussels next week but the Finnish presidency has withdrawn them
following strong opposition to the improvements from a number of
Ben Bradshaw, UK animal welfare minister, said: â€œThe welfare of broiler
chickens is a major concern to the public here and elsewhere in Europe. We have
worked very hard over more than two years on these proposals, which would have
led to real improvements to chicken welfare in Europe.
dismayed that a small number of countries has blocked progress.â€
The breakdown in talks has also caused anxiety among members of Compassion in World Farming
and the British Poultry Council
(BPC). Peter Stevenson, chief
policy advisor of CIWF said, â€œWe wanted it put through. Our concern is that we
want all of Europe brought up to the same standards, because quite a lot of what
is in that directive is a reflection of UK assurance production
The UK government intends to try to persuade the forthcoming German
presidency of the EU to return to the issue, however, representatives were not
optimistic that this would be resolved soon.
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