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Say NO to more cruel deals for farmed animals


You can help shine a spotlight on the Government’s betrayal of hard-fought for animal welfare standards. Please help ensure future trade deals do what was originally promised: protect farmed animals from cruelty and help put an end to factory farming.


The trade deals the Government agrees now will be in place for decades, with far-reaching consequences for farm animals – and for all of us

Farm animal welfare worldwide When the Government strikes a trade deal that fails to protect animal welfare standards, they risk creating pressure to lower our standards, by importing cruelty from overseas. This threatens to increase animal suffering in the UK and supports cruel farming practices around the world.

The livelihoods of UK farmers Offering tariff-free deals to countries with lower animal welfare standards threatens to undercut higher-welfare farmers in the UK, who must invest more to care for their farm animals more humanely.

The future of our environment Intensive farming systems have a hugely negative impact on the environment: increasing climate change, disrupting ecosystems and polluting waterways.

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  • Cows crowded into feedlots: 40% of the beef produced in Australia comes from cattle that is fattened in intensive feedlots.
  • Sows confined in cruel stalls: Sow stalls have been banned in the UK for over 20 years yet are still widely used in Australia, as well as the US and Canada.
  • Chickens packed into filthy sheds: If intensively raised for meat in the US, a chicken will probably live its short life of only 47 days shut inside a vast, barren, industrial shed. These are crammed full with up to 20,000 birds at any one time.


“The Government will ensure the United Kingdom has, and promotes, the highest standards of animal welfare” - The UK Government’s commitment in the Queen’s Speech, 11 May 2021

“In all of our trade negotiations, we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards.” – Conservative Party Manifesto 2019

“We will not compromise on animal welfare. We will not compromise on food standards and hygiene.” – Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, 11 March 2020


“Compassion in World Farming is extremely disappointed and deeply concerned that the UK Government has now signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with Australia that fails to protect UK animal welfare standards. It means British farmers will be exposed to competition from Australian imports of meat, eggs and dairy produced through inhumane production standards. These intensive farming methods cause sustained suffering to animals and, through massive overuse of antibiotics, could result in real risk to human health too.

“The UK Government has repeatedly said that our animal welfare standards will not be weakened after leaving the EU. However, this deal proves otherwise. The weak wording in this agreement must not be repeated in future trade deals, with countries like the US, Canada and India, which are likely to be signed in the future. To ensure that this deal does not become a precedent, we also urge the Government to develop a set of core standards that would need to be met in order for imports of certain products to be permitted.”

Nick Palmer

Nick Palmer
Head of CIWF UK

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