August 9, 2016

On June 23rd 2016 the UK decided by a vote of 52% to 48% to leave the European Union. The RSPCA’s position on this issue remained neutral during the Referendum campaign but we are now campaigning to ensure that animal welfare is not compromised as part of the process to leave the EU and that opportunities are taken to improve existing policies and standards.

By leaving the EU, the UK has the opportunity to improve animal welfare but it also presents a wide range of risks to present welfare standards that have been set at the European level. Those areas that are not currently covered by EU laws, mainly for animal cruelty and domestic animals, are not affected.

The RSPCA wants to see:

  • All current animal welfare laws at the very least maintained – no watering down of our standards
  • All animals recognised as sentient beings
  • A new system of farm subsidies rewarding British farmers when they meet higher welfare standards
  • Free trade agreements that ensure products with lower welfare standards cannot be imported, protecting UK animal welfare standards and UK farmers
  • Improvements in key areas such as long distance transport, food labelling, the trade in endangered species and the import of puppies

For more information please download our reports and briefings.