We have four main areas of farm animal welfare concern that we campaign on:
End cages for egg laying birds and confined pig farrowing crates
End live animal exports for slaughter
Introduce Method of Production Labelling including method of slaughter
Introduce mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses
We also campaign on urgent issues as they feature in MPs debates such as the UK ivory ban, where we organised a letter signed by our Patrons and MPs calling for an end to the UK ivory trade( our 30th September 2017 letter was sent to the Prime Minister and Michael Gove) and campaign on issues to end the dog meat farms, fur farms, cruel snaring and many other animal welfare issues. However, our main campaigns focus on advancing welfare for farm animals- the largest volume of animals.
Read our proposals to advance farm animal welfare here: http://www.conservativeanimalwelfarefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/CAWFCharterMarch2017.pdf
Read our proposals to advance wildlife, research and domesticated animal welfare here: http://www.conservativeanimalwelfarefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/CAWFBrexitMarch2017.pdf
Read our MP Patron;s letter to the prime Minister, January 2017 on the importance of transposing EU animal welfare legisation into UK law once we leave the EU :
1.Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation would like to see cages banned.
There are around 700 million animals in cages in the European Union each year( likely estimates range from 600 to 800)
In the UK, each year 44% of laying hens are caged. (source- Compassion In World Farming, 2016) Barren battery cages were banned throughout Europe from January 1st 2012, but ‘enriched’ battery cages are still legally permitted. Battery cages now have to provide 600cm squared usable space per bird, less than the size of an A4 piece of paper each, and limited facilities for perching, nesting and scratching.
Poland produces 52 million laying hens and 87% are caged. In France there are 54 million laying hens and 70% hens are caged. The UK has more uncaged hens than some European countries but millions of hens are reared in cages with little room to move and deprived of their natural exercise of foraging and running.
Enriched cages are permitted in all EU countries but are due to be banned in Austria in 2010 and Germany in the 2030s. Belgium also plans to stop all cage systems by 2024 ( but this is more likely to come into force in 2014) Source: Compassion In World Farming
Chicks never experience an adult role model to learn from and most male chicks are killed immediately after hatching.
We want to see an end to farm animals in cages.
Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation calls for a ban on farrowing crates. There are 500,000 sows in the UK, 55% are caged. In Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland, the number of farrowing sows rises to 90%.
The crates severely restrict the sow’s movement and her strong instinct to build a nest before giving birth. Farrowing crates have been banned in Sweden, Norway and Switzerland already. The farrowing crate use is allowed and used routinely in the rest of the EU, however there are commercially available free-farrowing systems: 360 degrees; PigSafe; and, SWAP systems.
Sow stalls (where pregnant pigs are kept indoors in sow stalls, have no access to the outdoors and are deprived of natural movement) are illegal in the UK and Sweden and banned across the EU from 2013(except for the period of weaning of the previous litter until the first 4 weeks of gestation) They are being phased out in the US and in New Zealand.
Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation calls for a ban on farrowing crates which severely restrict the sow’s movement and her strong instinct to build a nest before giving birth.
The Farrowing Crate is a small metal cage in which pregnant sows are imprisoned for weeks on end, usually from a week before giving birth until their piglets are weaned three to four weeks later. She will be subjected to this roughly twice a year. The metal frame of the crate is just centimeters bigger than the sow’s body and severely restricts her movements. She is completely unable to turn around, can scarcely take a step forward or backward and frequently rubs against the bars when standing up and lying down. Beside her cage is a “creep” area – for her piglets. The flooring is hard concrete and some form of heating, either mats or more commonly heatlamps, is used as a substitute for the warmth of their mother’s body.
2. We call for an end to long distance live animal transport from the UK.
We believe animals should be slaughtered as close as possible to their place of birth and live transports to be replaced by a trade in meat. In 2011 and 2012 over 130,000 live animals were transported from ports in South East England.
We want and need to end live transports and urge for a maximum journey time across Europe of 8 hours.
3) We call for Method of Production Labelling and for meat sold in Britain to be labeled if the animal has not been stunned before slaughter.
We call for method of production labelling so consumers can make an informed choice when buying meat and dairy and have information as to whether the animals have been reared on industrial farms or in higher welfare systems.
Non-stun slaughter affects millions of animals. We support the British Veterinary Association which is urging for an end to slaughter without stunning in the UK. We call on the Government for meat to be labelled with method of slaughter so consumers can make an informed choice.
EU and UK law requires all animals to be stunned before slaughter to render them insensible to pain. The law allows an exemption on the requirement to stun before slaughter for certain communities.
Meat from animals which have not been stunned comes onto the general market but does not have to be labelled. As a result, some consumers are unknowingly buying unstunned meat. Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation is calling on the Government to require such meat to be labelled “meat from unstunned animal” so consumers can make an informed choice when buying meat.
John Fiswick of the British Veterinary Association talks on their support for animals to be stunned at slaughter at the All Party Group For Animal Welfare meeting , House of Commons 2016
4. We call for mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses
On February 4th 2015, our Patron Conservative MP Henry Smith, Co Chairman of the All Party Group For Animal Welfare in the House of Commons launched an Adjournment Debate calling for CCTV in all slaughterhouses.
We are delighted that the Environment Secretary Michael Gove recently announced that the Government will introduce mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses. Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation has campaigned for CCTV in all slaughterhouses since our launch in February 2016 and presented our animal welfare document to No10 in January 2017 with our Patron Sir Roger Gale MP, proposing for the policy along with our proposals to end live animal exports, cages for hens, end pig farrowing crates, method of production labelling , tougher animal cruelty sentencing, a ban on the UK ivory trade and many more animal welfare proposals.