Cheap food imports produced to lower animal welfare standards could put UK farmers at a competitive disadvantage after Brexit, warns a House of Lords committee.
The warning is contained in a farm animal welfare report published by the House of Lords EU energy and environment sub-committee.
The government’s wish for the UK to be a global leader in free trade is not necessarily compatible with its desire to maintain high animal welfare standards, says the document.
Demand for high-welfare products is ultimately driven by whether consumers prioritise purchasing those products rather than buying cheaper, lower-welfare products, it adds.
(Source: Farmers Weekly)