UK death toll, January 2018

UK death toll

January 2018

109 million, 310 thousand+ animals

Cattle: 241 thousand+

Sheep: 1 million, 221 thousand+

Pigs: 948 thousand+

Poultry: 106 million, 900 thousand+

Action needed on live exports

As the Scottish Government announces that they will oppose a ban on live exports we can reveal that thousands of ‘livestock’ animals are transported from Scotland to the rest of the EU per year.

Via Freedom of Information requests Scotland for Animals has discovered that from 2016 to early February 2018 nearly twenty two and a half thousand animals were sent to countries outwith Great Britain for breeding, production/ fattening and slaughter.

The countries where these animals ended up are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.

In addition nearly fifty three thousand were transported to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

We are in touch with our friends at Kent Action Against Live Exports who campaign to end this trade and document the misery which it creates.

If you have not already done so please contact First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and demand that government drop their support of live exports.

Feel free to base your personalised message on the following:

FAO First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Dear Ms Sturgeon,

I am writing regarding your administration’s opposition to a ban on the live export of animals.

I am aware that Ministers have been provided with information and evidence highlighting major welfare concerns within the industry. I am therefore deeply disappointed that the Scottish Government has chosen to support this trade.

Please be aware that this decision will reflect badly on the Scottish Government. I am sure that this will also further highlight it’s apparent disinterest in welfare improvements for animals reared for production and slaughter.

I would advise you to reconsider the situation and support a ban on live exports before any further damage is inflicted on your reputation.

Yours sincerely,

Send to firstminister@gov.scot

You can also send by post to:

The First Minister
The Scottish Government
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG


Please also visit the Kent Action Against Live Exports site, kaale.org.uk, and give them your support.

Media covers meat from unstunned animals in food chain

Media running articles today about meat from unstunned slaughter entering the food chain.

Scotland for Animals exposed this issue in 2013.

Please make no mistake, the steady worsening of this situation isn’t just down to self-serving politicians. Blame also lies with animal welfare groups.

Some have not just turned a blind eye but, to their shame, enabled the non-stun industry by trying to silence critics of this method of slaughter implying that they’re motivated by racism.

See one of today’s articles here.

Visit the SfA campaign page.

labour party consult on animal policies

The labour party today launched a consultation on proposed animal welfare policy.

We welcome the inclusion of issues on which Scotland for Animals has led campaigning such as the labelling of meat from animals slaughtered without stunning.

On the other hand we’ve heard it all before.

The document’s claim that “Labour is the party of animal welfare” is also in our view questionable.

SfA believe from experience that none of the parties represented in the UK and Scottish parliaments, nor the Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies, are particularly interested in animal welfare.

Grassroots members and individual MPs, MSPs, AMs and MLAs excluded.

We would however encourage supporters to provide the party with their thoughts and suggestions. Let’s give them their due for putting this to the public.

If you’re submitting views please ensure that you clarify that improvements are reliant not only on legislative change but on proper enforcement.

Click here for consultation

Scottish government announces it will oppose a ban on live exports

The Scottish government has announced that it will oppose a ban on the live export of animals.

Cabinet Secretary Fergus Ewing has stated that Scotland will neither support, nor participate in, moves to end the practice.

The current administration have been on a charm offensive trying to con all of us into believing that they’re ‘leading the way’ on animal welfare. These chancers could not care less.

Scotland for Animals cautioned that the new found conscience at St. Andrews House was smoke and mirrors. They couldn’t keep the mask on for long.

live export of animals causes suffering and misery. The Scottish government might support this but the Scottish people won’t.

let them know that they do not speak for us on this issue and that they must support a ban.

Contact Nicola Sturgeon:

scottish.ministers@gov.scot

St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

UK death toll, December 2017

UK death toll

December 2017

84 million, 907 thousand+ animals slaughtered

208 thousand+ cattle

1 million, 382 thousand+ sheep

817 thousand+ pigs

82 million, 500 thousand+ poultry

Monthly death toll

Monthly death toll

November 2017

241 thousand cattle

1 million, 255 thousand sheep

984 thousand pigs

83 million 700 thousand poultry

Shock collars to be banned

Campaign to outlaw electric shock collars has paid off. The Scottish Government has at last decided to take steps to ban their use.

Of course, the detail of any legislation will be vital.

Ban on use of wild animals in travelling circuses

SfA welcomes the Scottish Parliament’s vote to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

As previously outlined however we’re disappointed that changes to law won’t include domesticated species. The type of animal now overwhelmingly exploited in ‘performances’.

It’s of further concern that static circuses won’t be covered.

This battle is far from won.

Our respect to the MSPs who spoke out for further legislation to widen the scope of protection.

Ask the Scottish government to take the lead on animal sentience

The UK government yesterday announced plans to legislate for the explicit recognition of animal sentience.

The Bill, if enacted, would require that “regard” be taken to the welfare implications of this sentience when formulating and implementing government policy.

As this proposed duty would apply to Ministers of the Crown devolved decisions would not be covered.

Scotland for Animals welcomes the proposed recognition. We would however like to see the Scottish government go further.

There has been a substantial amount of comment from many Holyrood politicians with regards to this issue. Here’s their chance to now turn words into action.

Scotland for Animals calls on Ministers to commit to bringing forward a Bill to legislate, if animal sentience is recognised in UK law, for their welfare needs as sentient beings to be given not only regard but priority in any relevant policy or legislative decisions.

 

We need you to ask First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to commit to Scotland leading the way.

 

Please feel free to personalise this suggested message:

Dear Ms Sturgeon,

I am writing regarding the publishing of a Draft Bill by the UK government proposing to recognise animal sentience.

The Bill further proposes that this be given regard by Ministers of the Crown when formulating and implementing policy.

I would be grateful if you could please confirm whether, should the Draft Bill be enacted, your administration will commit to bringing forward a Bill to legislate for the welfare needs of animals, as sentient beings, to be given not only regard but priority in any relevant policy or legislative decisions by Scottish Ministers.

 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon can be contacted at scottish.ministers@gov.scot

Or by post:

The Scottish Government
St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

 

Thank you.