Post-Brexit, the UK will be free of the costs and impositions of the Common Agricultural Policy. We will move from a system which subsidises large landowners to one that supports food producers, environmental protection and food safety.
- Leaving the EU will enable the UK to design a tailor-made agricultural policy, rather than a one-size-fits-all scheme, designed to benefit continental farmers.
- Offer a wide range of grants with tackling anti-microbial resistance as a major priority.
- UKIP would introduce a Modern Food Act to ensure traceability and origins of raw materials.
- Create a National Agricultural Council to ensure ‘joined-up thinking’ between different Government Departments for food, farming and environmental matters.
- We will re-establish the Agricultural Wages Board for England, which would protect the incomes and conditions of farmworkers.
- Legislate for food labelling to show country of origin, method of production, transport and slaughter.
- After leaving the EU, we will seek to incentivise more British students and young people to pick the harvest during their summer holidays rather than relying on foreign labour.
Animal welfare standards in the UK are some of the highest in the world. Much of the current EU legislation relating to welfare for pets, farm animals, wild animals, and animals used in research has been drawn from the UK. When we leave the EU, we will be able to take back control of animal health and welfare legislation and to update and improve our laws to ensure that animals in the UK have the most robust protection.
- UKIP will end the practice of keeping egg-laying hens in so-called ‘enriched’ cages which are little better than battery cages. All UK produced eggs should be free-range or organic.
- All farm animals should have space to move about while they are alive. There should be an end to factory farming where animals are kept in confined conditions for their whole lives. Ultimately, all farm animals should be free-range or organic.
- Once we have left the EU, we will be able to end the export of live animals for slaughter – an inhumane practice made possible by EU legislation. UKIP would end the export of live animals for slaughter. *
- All meat and meat products must be clearly labelled with the method of slaughter.
- Current UK law states all animals must be stunned prior to slaughter – unless it is for a religious purpose. All meat and meat products must be clearly labelled with the method of slaughter.
- The general population is already consuming ritually slaughtered meat that has not been pre-stunned, unknowingly, and by default, because its use is now commonplace in schools, restaurants, works canteens, etc.
- UKIP would go a step further and ban the practice of non-stun slaughter being carried out in the UK.
- The import of such meat products, frozen or refrigerated, into the UK would continue to be permitted, subject to strict labelling requirements.
- Existing laws and sentencing guidelines regarding punishments for cruelty to animals on farms and in slaughterhouses should be reviewed with a view to strengthening them and making enforcement easier.
* Exemptions would be made for the export of live animals from Northern Ireland across the border to neighbouring counties in the
Republic of Ireland.