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RSPCA proposes two-tier farm subsidy system to support animal welfare

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By Matthew Limb

The RSPCA has urged ministers to create a two-tiered system of farm subsidies to deliver improved animal welfare standards after Brexit.

It said the approach would support the UK government’s declared vision for higher standards and incentivise farmers to achieve it.

The charity said a first tier of ‘transitional’ payments could support producers who take a first step towards boosting welfare, by implementing measures such as building new, modern housing.1

Second-tier payments would go to those who belonged to a higher welfare farm assurance scheme, such as RSPCA Assured, and would be based on assessed welfare outcomes.

RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles said farms currently had little …

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