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Government responds to ‘Brexit: farm animal welfare’

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Securing the status of the veterinary workforce following Brexit is a top priority for the prime minister and ongoing negotiations as part of the Article 50 negotiations will help to firm up this commitment.

That was the message from the government last week in a response to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee’s report ‘Brexit: Farm Animal Welfare’.

Written by Lord Gardiner, parliamentary under secretary of state for rural affairs and biosecurity, it said that the government recognised ‘the key role played by vets in ensuring high farm animal health and welfare standards, including in relation to slaughter and in relation to certifying animals in the context of trade’.

He said ongoing Article 50 negotiations would help to firm up that commitment.

In his response, Gardiner said the government …

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