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Wednesday, 26 June 2003

 

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CIWF Applauds CAP Reforms as Good for Farm Animal Welfare

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has welcomed the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), as published today by the EU Farm Ministers.

Peter Stevenson, CIWF Political and Legal Director, said We have been campaigning for years for farmers to be given subsidies that are linked to welfare rather than volume of production. We are delighted that the EU has agreed these measures which should have a significant impact on farm animal welfare, whilst helping farmers combat the threat of cheaper imports encouraged by the World Trade Organisation rules.

The reforms that affect animal welfare are:

7        The new single farm payments will be subject to cross-compliance, i.e. to get the payment the farmer will have to comply with certain statutory requirements on animal welfare (as well as environment, food safety and animal health).

7        Farmers will be helped with the cost of meeting demanding new legislative standards.  This reduces the vulnerability of farmers to cheap, low welfare, imports. EU farmers will receive financial help be subsidised to reach higher welfare standards.

7        Member States will be able to help farmers reach particularly high welfare standards, i.e. those which go beyond minimum legal requirements and beyond usual good animal husbandry practice.

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