Europe failing consumers over animal welfare
Europe 'failing consumers over animal welfare'
At a European level, new rules partially banning the use of sow stalls in pig production came into force across Europe at the start of 2013 and a ban on the use of conventional cages in egg laying systems came into force a year previously.
While there is 100 per cent compliance with both pieces of legislation here in the UK, including a full ban on sow stalls, it is understood that as many as 15 countries are under investigation for non-compliance on sow stall rules.
Of those, proceedings against Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, France, Slovenia and Finland stepped up a notch this week – although the cumbersome process means that all have been given more time to comply before referral to the Court of Justice. Decisions on non-compliance in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Croatia, Hungary, Italy and the Netherlands are outstanding.
On the conventional laying cage ban, two countries - Italy and Greece - have been referred to the European Court over their failure to comply.
While this may suggest activity, little progress is being made at a Brussels level to ensure a system of compliance, and penalties for infraction is delivered.
In April 2013, the Union challenged representatives from the Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) and its Animal Welfare Unit on the poor progress on inspections to verify Member States are compliant with the ban on conventional laying cages and the partial ban on sow stalls.
It is apparent that in the intervening months, little if any improvement has been delivered. Indeed, it would appear that one of the few FVO inspections looking at animal welfare undertaken in 2013 was in the UK – where compliance was virtually guaranteed.
Chairman of NFU Scotland’s Pigs Committee Philip Sleigh said: “While Scotland and the UK has been meeting both deadlines for some considerable time, the failure of some other Member States to introduce these pieces of legislation has been well documented.
“It remains a huge disappointment to Scottish producers that the Commission has yet to properly inspect or impose penalties on those Member States who are still producing eggs or pigmeat from systems now deemed illegal. That not only makes a mockery of the whole European legislative system but continues to place our producers at a competitive disadvantage.
“Since making representation to the Commission and the FVO last April, it appears little has changed. The Commission’s attitude towards inspection and enforcement of these important pieces of welfare legislation remains lamentable and fails to ensure that all producers across Europe are abiding by the same set of rules.
“While the Commission may boast to its consumers that it takes the issue of animal welfare very seriously, driving through legislative changes without backing that up through a rigorous and speedy inspection regime and appropriate infraction proceedings for non-compliance makes a mockery of the whole process.
“After years and months, we have a hotch-potch of Member States that are compliant; claim to be compliant but have never been inspected or are non-compliant and have never penalised. It is a bitter irony that the only country listed on the FVO website as having been inspected in 2013 was the UK – where compliance was virtually assured. The same site has no FVO inspections listed for 2014.
“A robust inspection procedure is an important tool to check that EU rules are being fairly, and uniformly applied. Greater Commission resources must be directed with urgency towards the inspection process, backed up by penalty proceedings against those countries where non-compliance with welfare rules continues.
“European consumers deserve better and Europe must review and address the significant failings in the way it goes about introducing and enforcing legislation in this area.”
Last year, a campaign petition gathered more than 100,000 signatures calling on all European Union member states to enforce welfare laws.
The European Union voted for new legislation to modernise the inspection system in pig slaughterhouses. The legislation aimed to improve food safety by increasing the focus on microbiological hazards, which were the main food safety risk from meat, and introduce a more proportionate risk-based approach to hygiene and welfare inspections, known as official controls.
But a Compassion in World Farming EU-wide petition managed to gather a significant amount of support after two weeks.
Dil Peeling, Director of Campaigns for the charity said: "This proves to what extent EU residents care about pig welfare. Surely this should make the 27 EU member states take notice and ensure that animal welfare legislation is enforced."
Seven months after the European Union introduced a ban on keeping sows in stalls (except for the first four weeks of pregnancy) half of European Union countries failed to clamp down on pig farms where sows are illegally confined.
The National Pig Association said retailers and manufacturers should continue 'to be vigilant' and argued consumers expected all imported pork to be traceable to farms complying with the EU's January ban.
No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment
Please enter your name
Please enter your comment
Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.
Some error on your process.Please try one more time.
De Lacy Executive is currently recruiting for a Technical Manager for an innovative and dynamic company established in biotec...
An exciting career opportunity has arisen with a leading agricultural machinery manufacturer for a Technical Service Speciali...
Person to work in the office able to deal with all aspects of office work in an animal feed mill. Must be able to type and be...
A leading animal health/nutrition business is now seeking an ambitious and able individual to manage and develop their EMEA s...
Fast growing, modern glasshouse salads business based in the East Riding of Yorkshire seeks a suitable candidate to fulfil th...
Farming UK | Farms and Land
Barbers Rural (13)
Barlow Associates (2)
Batcheller Monkhouse - Haywards Heath (1)
Berrys - Kettering (1)
Bidwells - Perth (1)
Brown & Co - Bury (3)
Brown & Co - King's Lynn (1)
Brown & Co - Norwich (2)
Bruton Knowles (2)
BTF Partnership LLP (1)
Carter Jonas - Cambridge (1)
Carter Jonas - Harrogate (2)
Carter Jonas - North Wales (1)
Carter Jonas - Winchester (1)
Carter Jonas - York (1)
Charnock Bates (1)
Cheffins - Ely (1)
Churchill Country & Equestrian Estate Agents (2)
CKD Galbraith - Aberdeen (1)
CKD Galbraith - Ayr (1)
CKD Galbraith - Castle Douglas (3)
CKD Galbraith - Edinburgh (3)
CKD Galbraith - Galashiels (1)
CKD Galbraith - Inverness (1)
CKD Galbraith - Kelso (1)
CKD Galbraith - Perth (2)
CKD Galbraith - Stirling (10)
Cooper & Tanner LLP (1)
Corum Property (1)
Cruso & Wilkin (1)
Cundalls - Malton (1)
Cundalls - Pickering (2)
David James and Partners - Old Sodbury (1)
David Parry & Co (2)
Dee Atkinson & Harrison - Beverley (1)
Dee Atkinson & Harrison - Driffield (1)
Donald Ross (3)
Edward H Perkins (1)
Edwin Thompson - Berwick upon Tweed (1)
Edwin Thompson - Galashiels (1)
Elstons, Country Land & Estate Agents (2)
enfields - Pontefract (1)
Express Estate Agency (1)
Fine & Country Homes from Mortimers (2)
Fisher German - Ashby de La Zouch (8)
Fisher German - Banbury (1)
Fisher German - Knutsford (1)
Fisher German - Retford (1)
Fisher German - Stafford (2)
Fisher German - Thame (1)
Fisher German Denton Clark - Chester (1)
Fisher German John Sanders - Bromsgrove (1)
Fisher German John Sanders - Worcester (1)
Foster Maddison - Hexham (1)
Foster Maddison - Lanchester (1)
Fox Bennett (1)
Fox Grant - Salisbury (9)
Fox Grant - Sherborne (3)
Fox Grant - Taunton (4)
G. Herbert Banks (2)
Gary Hoerty Associates (1)
George F White - Alnwick (1)
George F White - Wolsingham (1)
Grange Solicitors and Estate Agents (1)
Greenslade Taylor Hunt - Bridgwater (1)
Greenslade Taylor Hunt - Burnham-On-Sea (1)
Greenslade Taylor Hunt - Taunton (1)
Greenslade Taylor Hunt - Tiverton (1)
H&H Land and Property - Carlisle (2)
Hamnett Hayward - Aylesbury Vale and Chilterns (1)
Hamnett Hayward - Thame (1)
Hamptons International - Banbury (1)
Hamptons International - Bath (1)
Hamptons International - Broadway (1)
Hamptons International - Buckingham (1)
Hamptons International - Caterham (1)
Hamptons International - Cirencester (1)
Hamptons International - Deddington (1)
Hamptons International - Epsom (1)
Herbert R Thomas - Cowbridge (1)
Herbert R Thomas - Neath (1)
Hinson Parry & Co - Newcastle-under-Lyme (1)
Hopkinsons Estate Agents (1)
Humberts - Chippenham (1)
Humberts - Marlborough (1)
Humberts - Taunton (1)
J.J. Morris - Cardigan (1)
Lambert and Foster - Cranbrook (1)
Leonards - Hull (1)
Mansell McTaggart - Crowborough (1)
Mansell McTaggart - Forest Row (2)
Mansell McTaggart - Hassocks (1)
Maxey Grounds & Co - Wisbech (1)
McCartneys - Brecon (1)
McCartneys - Craven Arms (1)
McCartneys - Hay-On-Wye (1)
Michael C L Hodgson - Grange-over-Sands (1)
Michael C L Hodgson - Kendal (1)
Michael Graham - Aylesbury (1)
Michael Graham - Buckingham (1)
Michael Graham - Northampton (1)
Michael Graham - Princes Risborough (2)
Morris Marshall & Poole - Newtown (1)
Morris Marshall & Poole - Shrewsbury (1)
Pelhams Equestrian Rural & Land Agents (1)
Perkins George Mawer & Co (1)
Pike Smith and Kemp Rural - Maidenhead (1)
Pike Smith and Kemp Rural - Marlow (1)
Robert Bell and Company - Lincoln (2)
Robert Bell and Company - Woodhall Spa (1)
Rural and Equestrian Ltd (2)
Rural Scene (1)
Savills - Cambridge (1)
Savills - Edinburgh (1)
Savills - Exeter (2)
Savills - Jersey (1)
Savills - London Head Office (2)
Savills - Norwich (1)
Savills - Nottingham (1)
Savills - Telford (1)
Savills - York (1)
Seddons - Bampton (1)
Seddons - Honiton (1)
Seddons - Tiverton (1)
Smiths Gore - Dumfries (2)
Smiths Gore - Edinburgh (1)
Smiths Gore - Oxford (2)
Smiths Gore - Taunton (2)
Smiths Gore - York (2)
Smiths Surveyors (1)
Stags - Launceston (1)
Stewart & Watson - Huntly (1)
Strutt & Parker - Banchory (1)
Strutt & Parker - Canterbury (1)
Strutt & Parker - Chelmsford (2)
Strutt & Parker - Chester (1)
Strutt & Parker - Edinburgh (2)
Strutt & Parker - Exeter (4)
Strutt & Parker - Inverness (2)
Strutt & Parker - Morpeth (1)
Wallets Rural Property Services (13)
Williamson and Henry (1)
Willsons Chartered Surveyors - Alford (1)
Woodlands - Northern England (1)
Wright Manley - Crewe (1)
Wright Marshall - Buxton (1)
Wright Marshall - Chester (1)
Wright Marshall - Crewe (1)
Wright Marshall - Nantwich (2)
Wright Marshall - Northwich (7)
Wright Marshall - Tarporley (2)
Wright Marshall - Whitchurch (1)
Youngs RPS - Hexham (1)
Argyll and Bute (2)
Channel Islands (1)
County Durham (1)
Dumfries & Galloway (17)
East Sussex (5)
East Yorkshire (2)
North Yorkshire (8)
Perth and Kinross (2)
Scottish Borders (7)
South Yorkshire (1)
West Midlands (2)
West Sussex (3)
West Yorkshire (4)
Farming UK Holiday Rentals
Argyll and Bute (1)
County Durham (24)
Dumfries & Galloway (7)
East Lothian (4)
East Sussex (5)
East Yorkshire (9)
Isle of Anglesey (2)
Isle of Wight (3)
North Yorkshire (97)
Outer Hebrides (1)
Perth and Kinross (3)
Scottish Borders (8)
South Yorkshire (1)
Tyne & Wear (1)
West Lothian (8)
West Midlands (1)
West Sussex (4)
West Yorkshire (5)
A strong pound and increased red meat imports coupled with a plentiful dome...
Depression is affecting Wales' farming industry and there is a need to use ...
With just one week to go before the final judging and announcement of the w...
A rural law expert has highlighted the importance of good succession planni...
A south Yorkshire dairy farming family is pulling out all the stops to prom...
Predicting what is going to happen to wheat prices is a challenge, but in s...
A Lancashire based livestock theft prevention scheme is aiming to go nation...
A female farmer has been recognised by the farming and conservation industr...
The new Conservative government appears to be preparing to implement cuts f...