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Live animal export restrictions: your say

Following on from the announcement that the government plans on restricting exports of live animals, we threw the question over to you and asked should they be restricted? 

Quarter of sheep and goat slaughtered pre-stunning

Research has indicated that the number of animals being killed without being stunned first is on the rise. 

Scottish red meat abattoirs see turnover decline in 2016

Red meat primary processors in Scotland saw livestock numbers and figures for animals processed down year-on-year, despite a slight increase in the amount of cattle slaughtered. 

Research pinpoints viruses to protect pigs versus germs

Friendly bacteria that could replace antibiotics to treat pigs have been identified by a University of Leicester team funded by farmers through AHDB Pork.

Farmers praised for rising to organic challenge

Farmers rearing organic animals have been commended by the Soil Association for meeting demands for organic meat.

Number of organically farmed animals rises

Figures have indicated that the number of animals farmed organically in the UK increased on the year in 2016.

Keepers warned of importing European animals amid Bluetongue fears

Herd keepers in Northern Ireland have been told to consider the risks of importing animals from Continental Europe as Bluetongue closes in on Britain. 

Halal industry condemns ‘barbaric’ slaughterhouse CCTV footage

The halal industry has spoken out against footage showing the mistreatment of animals in an abattoir. 

Roundworm resistance initiative to help sheep breeders

Lleyn sheep producers will be able to select animals for their resistance to roundworm, based on an estimated breeding value (EBV). 

Sheep producers told to remain vigilant against sheep scab

Scottish sheep farmers are being advised by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Scotland to report any suspicious signs of sheep scab among their animals. 

Human health threatened by antimicrobial resistance

A new study has shown that bacteria in humans, food, and animals continue to show resistance to the most common antimicrobials. 

Aubrey Allen apprentices meet rare animals

Award-winning butcher’s Aubrey Allen recently invited six apprentices to join it on the Lost Farm in Warwickshire, famous for its rare breed animals, for some hands-on learning. 

Halal slaughterhouse reportedly goes into administration

A halal slaughterhouse in Yorkshire, specialising in lamb, has reportedly gone into administration. The news comes six months after footage was released showing animals being abused by staff at the abattoir. 

Animal welfare is a high priority for consumers when deciding if a company is ethical or not
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Animal welfare top priority for consumers

Nearly three-quarters (74%) of consumers claim that meat sourced from well-looked-after animals is a top issue that makes a food company ethical, according to Mintel. 

RSPCA launches new ethical food label

A new ethical food label, assured by the RSPCA, has been launched to help improve the lives of farm animals. 

Orkney cattle farmers struggling due to heavy rain

Unprecedented rains have left Orkney cattle farmers with their “backs against the wall” and have forced many to sell their animals months earlier than planned. 

Animal farm gate prices drop in March

Overall farm gate prices for animals have dropped year-on-year for the month of March. 

Butcher Scott Rea showcases the world of meat from his garden shed via YouTube
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Butcher goes viral with shed YouTube channel

A butcher is taking the internet by storm by creating a YouTube channel that shows fans how to hunt, chop and cook animals. 

Isle of Wight no longer exempt from fallen stock ban

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has amended its guidance on fallen stock and the safe disposal of dead animals. 

Ed Milliband said it was Labour's "moral duty" to protect animals.
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Labour dismays NFU with badger cull promise

Labour has pledged to abandon the badger culls if they win the general election in May.

Pork trade defends CO2 stunning

The pork industry has defended the use of group CO2 stunning following claims made by animal activists that the process causes “severe distress”.

Halal industry condemns slaughterhouse animal ‘cruelty’

The halal industry has disassociated itself from the alleged animal cruelty at the Bowood Lamb slaughterhouse, stating it is “disappointed with biased behaviour towards halal meat”.

Hillside claims ‘cruelty’ at Staffordshire abattoir

Just days after the Bowood Lamb abattoir scandal, another slaughterhouse has been accused of “barbaric” cruelty to animals after more covert footage was released apparently showing sheep and pigs being kicked and hit. 

Pak Mecca Meats own the abbatoir in Caernarfon
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Vets protest non-stun halal abattoir

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called on the Welsh government to end talks with a halal meat provider over an approved non-stun slaughterhouse.

MP pursues ‘Red Meat Month’ campaign

MP Neil Parish said it was “only fair” to launch a ‘Red Meat Month’ to celebrate Britain’s livestock industry, in an open letter to animal welfare charity PETA, which is opposing the plan.

2 Sisters slammed over flood plain chicken farm move

An animal welfare charity has criticised 2 Sisters Food Group over its decision to rebuild a chicken farm on a flood plain where 700,000 chickens drowned.

Study finds similar blood levels in halal, schechita and ordinary meats

New research, reported in The Times, shows similar blood levels in ordinary meat and meat from animals killed by shechita and halal methods.

Wiltshire butcher takes caterers on farm visit

A Wiltshire butcher’s shop took 70 caterers from the South of England on a ‘farm to fork’ day to raise awareness about traceability and local produce.

BVA calls for early intervention in animal health issues

A survey has revealed that musculoskeletal conditions, infertility and mastitis are the most common reasons for vets to be called out to farms, and The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is urging farmers to work with them to prevent the health concerns.

Tesco refuses to sell mixed-origin beef

Tesco is understood to have refused to sell beef from cattle born in the Republic of Ireland, but raised in the North, citing customer confusion over labelling as the reason behind its decision.

British Vets “appalled” by halal board letter

The non-stun slaughter debate between the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Halal Authority Board (HAB) has intensified, with the BVA saying it was appalled by suggestions made in an HAB open letter.

BVA ramps up pressure on government on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has written to party leaders in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as part of its campaign to end non-stun slaughter.

Morrisons claims first on animal welfare at slaughter

Morrisons has announced it is the first retailer to achieve Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

LA-MRSA found in piglet in Northern Ireland of no great concern

A piglet in Northern Ireland has been found to have Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA), in what is reportedly the first incident of its kind in the UK.

Wales seeks improvement in animal welfare

The Welsh government has announced plans to improve animal health and welfare over the next 10 years.

Veterinary body to reassure MPs on antimicrobial resistance

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has announced it will reassure members of parliament (MPs) of its dedication to tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Vets rubbish calls for halal labelling

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has said that compulsory labelling of meat products as halal will not improve animal welfare, but just fuel prejudice.

BVA concerned at calls for sick animals to be slaughtered

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has questioned remarks made by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dame Sally Davies that sick animals should be slaughtered rather than treated, and has asked for clarification on the issue.

Artist explores consumers view of meat

An artist, who has used art to look at our relationship with meat, is presenting her work in Brighton throughout April.

BVA reiterates position on non-stun slaughter

The British Veterinary Association’s (BVA’s), president-elect John Blackwell would like ministers to consider following Denmark’s example and ban non-stun slaughter, it has been reported.

Receding flood waters pose dangers to animals, say vets

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says that animals in flood-stricken areas are at risk from disease as waters recede.

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