News digest 05.04.16

Subjects: News digest

Petition: The repeal of the code on farming chickens for meat + farming should be debated
The Government plans to scrap the code on farming chickens for meat and breeding.

Animal welfare guidance to be scrapped by Conservative ministers
Labour says move would ‘endanger Britain’s proud tradition as a country that stands up for animal welfare’.

We’re stuffing ourselves with battery chicken. And it’s stuffing the souls of the workers, too
The poultry industry is set to self-regulate, which obviously won’t work. We should just eat a bit less chicken – and worry more about the conditions in which it’s produced

Could There Be a Return of Pig Swill in the EU?
EU – Pig swill has been a dirty term since the foot-and-mouth outbreak in the UK in 2001, but Japan and South Korea manage to use it safely and effectively, so could there be scope for a return in the EU?

Farm animal welfare codes and the bottom line
Getting advice about what should happen on farms from processors and supermarkets is not likely to provide regulation beneficial to farm animals

RSPCA urges more producers to adopt “unconfined” farrowing
The RSPCA has outlined its “free farrowing” hopes for the future of British pig farming with the aim of encouraging more commercial pig breeders to move towards unconfined farrowing systems.

Handing animal welfare to the farming industry is a big backward step
If Liz Truss’s plans for deregulation come to pass, the part of the industry that regards animals as products will determine how they’re treated

Vets Concerned Over Move to Industry-Led Welfare Codes
UK – Vets have expressed concern after it was revealed that different farm sectors would gradually be taking over responsibility for guidance on farm animal welfare codes.

The Globalisation of Bad Food and Poor Health: Sustainable Development or Sustainable Profits?
The proportion of deaths due to cancer around the world increased from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2013. Globally, cancer is already the second-leading cause of death after cardiovascular diseases.

Countryfile viewers angry and upset over intensive dairy farming feature on the BBC One show
Countryfile is presented by Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, Adam Henson, Tom Heap and John Craven and regularly attracts huge TV ratings.

‘I don’t see a problem’: Tyson Foods CEO on factory farming and antibiotic resistance
While promising to reduce use of human antibiotics, Donnie Smith says there is no evidence that intensive farming is to blame for spread of resistant bacteria