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Animal welfare
Industry ‘disappointed’ as Defra backtracks on welfare codes

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THE British Poultry Council (BPC) says that it is disappointed by Defra's decision to retain statutory codes of welfare for farm animals in England rather than replacing them with non-statutory industry-led guidance.

Defra announced in December last year that it intended to replace the statutory animal welfare codes applying in England with guidance drawn up by the industry (VR, January 9, 2016, vol 178, p 29). The first code to be replaced was for meat and breeding chickens, and a statutory instrument revoking the code was expected to come into force later this month (VR, April 9, 2016, vol 178, p 355).

However, last week, Defra reversed the decision to move towards industry-led guidance. The BPC, which had drawn up …

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