Vote LEAVE In The EU Referendum If You Care About Animal Welfare
If you have considered the economy, the immigration crisis, sovereignty, trade deals etc but still have not made up your mind, then if you care about animal welfare, as I do this might help you decide.
If we come out of the EU then we are promised that the export of live animals will be banned. This will end the terrible suffering that live animals have to suffer whilst they endure long hot journeys in terrible conditions sometimes not even being given any food and water throughout the journeys which is appalling. Many arrive at their destination in awful conditions, many being injured or even dying on the way.
There was also a very interesting article in the daily mail on Saturday 11th June written by Bill Cash who is a “Leave” campaigner who sets out various reasons to leave the EU which included a very interesting section relating to animals and funding which states:-
“The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) gives farmers and landowners a direct subsidy for their land and crops, as well as setting minimum prices for European produce. EU restrictions on world trade have added £5 billion to what Britain spends a year on food. For a two-child family, that means an extra £398. Add to what we have to pay the EU specifically for the CAP and the total bill to Britain is over £10 billion every year.
Can we be sure that the vast sums we pay will go to the right places? Unfortunately not. To take just a few examples:-
IN ITALY, more than one in five subsidised special beef cows didn’t exist
IN SLOVENIA, half of subsidised suckler cows were also fictional
IN GERMANY, cash to help farmers buy seasonal equipment ended up being used to built waste treatment plants, roads, sports facilities, landscape businesses and golf courses
IN SPAIN, £2.4 million was supposed to go on things like irrigation and green-houses, instead 96 per cent of it was spent on cardboard boxes.
The CAP even affects animal welfare. Rather than seeking to improve it, the EU offers large financial incentives to battery farms. EU Countries with poor welfare standards have the advantage. So imports of pork from Denmark, for instance, easily undercut our more humanely reared British pork.
It is hard to imagine a worse system. Riddled with fraud, it stops us buying cheaper food from elsewhere and encourages factory farming, while swelling the coffers of all of the biggest farmers”.
I do hope that this might help you in making your decision. I expect you know which way I will be voting, and I hope you too will vote LEAVE.