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By Matthew Limb
The UK should hold on to its high animal welfare standards and not join ‘a race to the bottom’ in pursuit of a transatlantic trade deal, a leading US veterinary academic has warned.
Jim Reynolds told the Animal Welfare Foundation Discussion Forum: ‘The US is looking desperately to export low-value products, that’s how we make money. So keep your high-value welfare because that becomes something we can attain – our welfare programmes stem from Europe.’
Reynolds, who is professor of large animal medicine and welfare at Western University, California, said US agriculture had become a ‘commodity system’ in which profit margins were low, so farm businesses had grown larger ‘to sell more products’ and were looking to expand markets.
‘When a food product becomes a commodity, it can become a race to the bottom,’ he said.
He said some farms in the Mid West kept …
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