10 AGENDA AUTUMN CONFERENCE 2018
SaturdayConference notes with concern that:
A. 80 per cent of current animal welfare legislation originates from
B. If the UK were to leave the EU, it could have serious implications
for animal welfare in the UK.
C. As a result of Brexit, the UK government may receive pressure
from potential new trading partners to open markets to lowwelfare animal products, undermining British producers and
Conference believes that:
i) Animals are sentient beings with the capacity to feel pain and
ii) All protection measures currently afforded to animals under EU
regulations must be transposed into UK law.
iii) The government must pay full regard to animal welfare when
developing all future policy, particularly upcoming legislation on
farming, fisheries and international trade.
iv) Government policy must support British farmers to produce a
safe and affordable supply of food while maintaining and where
possible, improving high animal welfare standards.
Conference reaffirms pledges in the Liberal Democrat 2017
Manifesto, Change Britain's Future, to:
a) Ensure that future trade agreements require high environmental
and animal welfare standards at least equivalent to standards in
b) Improve standards of animal health and welfare in agriculture
by updating farm animal welfare codes and other legislation,
and promoting the responsible stewardship of antibiotic drugs.
c) Introduce stronger penalties for animal cruelty offences, clamp
down on illegal pet imports, fund research into alternatives to
animal testing and bring in a ban on caged hens.
Conference calls on the Government to:
1. Prevent unnecessarily painful practices in farming including:
non-anaesthetised castration, dehorning, live plucking and force
feeding for foie gras.
Saturday 15 September