APPG Meeting (July 15th, 6pm) – Reform of the Farm Animal Welfare Codes

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Date: July 15th

Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

Room: Committee Room 19

1. Introduction: Overview of Government consultation.

In 2013 Defra consulted to seek views on the proposal to reform the existing system of farm animal welfare guidance. This consultation focused on the principle of moving from statutory farm animal welfare codes to guidance that is drafted collaboratively but led by the relevant livestock industry.

2. What is the outcome of the consultation and what impact will it have on animal welfare?


Peter Stevenson: Compassion in World Farming

Charles Sercombe & Robin Milton: National Farmers Union

Ian Woodhurst: World Animal Protection

3. Question & Answer Session


4. Conclusion and action points


Speaker Biographies

Peter Stevenson – Compassion In World Farming

Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, Peter is a qualified lawyer. He is the Chief Policy Advisor of Compassion in World Farming. Peter has recently been a member of the Council of Europe Expert Group on the welfare of farmed Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout. He is also a member of the Core Stakeholder Group established by the UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to oversee UK implementation of the EU Directive on the welfare of chickens reared for meat, Defra’s Beak Trimming Action Group which is working to phase out the beak trimming of laying hens, the cattle section of the European Animal Welfare Platform established by the European Commission and two expert groups on welfare during transport, one established by Defra, the other by the European Commission.

Charles Sercombe – NFU

Charles tenant farms just outside Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. Although the farm is mixed with beef and arable enterprises, Charles has a particular interest in the sheep sector and as well as running a commercial flock of 2000 ewes he has also been involved with the pedigree world for a number of years. Charles is in his second term as national board Chairman, having been unanimously re-elected for another 2-year term this year.

Robin Milton – NFU

Robin farms 1000 acres on the uplands of Exmoor, as well as common land close to West Anstey, Devon. Running angus cattle and lleyn ewes with his son Chris, as well as Exmoor ponies, Robin has been the NFU Hill and Upland Farming Group chairman since spring 2012 and sits on various groups such as Defra’s upland panel ULMAP and Exmoor’s National Park. Robin believes that there is a prosperous future for hill farming, and his entire farm is in environmental stewardship.

Ian Woodhurst – World Animal Protection

UK Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection. Previously worked for the Wildlife and Countryside Link where he focussed on CAP reform, rural development and sustainable farming. Represented Link on Government committees and stakeholder groups. Senior Rural Policy Officer for Campaign to Protect Rural England where he led CPRE’s agricultural policy and rural development policy work including developing CPRE’s Vision for the Future of Farming.