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Still no guarantee on welfare standards

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By Kathryn Clark

The government has again reiterated that it will not undermine the UK’s high animal welfare and environmental standards in pursuit of post-Brexit trade deals, but has stopped short of agreeing to enshrine this commitment in law.

In the House of Lords last week, crossbench veterinary peer Lord Trees asked how the government would safeguard animal welfare and environmental standards when negotiating trade deals on livestock products.

In response, Defra minister of state Lord Goldsmith referred to the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to not compromise on …

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