Day: September 5, 2022

UK: Liz Truss, new UK Prime Minister – very bad for animal welfare, bad for the environment; and bad for the Conservative Party.

New leader of the Conservative Party Liz Truss speaks after the announcement of her win at the Queen Elizabeth II Center, in London on Monday. Photo by Neil Hall/EPA-EFE

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Liz Truss, new UK Prime Minister – bad for animal welfare, bad for the environment; and bad for the Conservative Party.

Liz Truss had won the party members election this Monday lunchtime, with the Oxford-born politician amassing 81,326 votes in her victory over rival Rishi Sunak, whose 60,399 votes were not enough to award him the title from the opinion-dividing Boris Johnson.

She won / was elected with just 57% of the Conservative Party vote.  This means that a lot of people – party members, and a general population who were not even allowed to vote, did not give her support. 

5/9/22.  We are not politically biased to any party fortunately – and generally regard all of them as pretty useless when it comes to positive animal welfare issues which we have always said IS a big vote winner with the British public..

Today, the new Prime Minster of the UK has been announced; it is Liz Truss.  There were 2 contenders for the position – Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.

Liz Truss has refused to enshrine animal welfare in trade deals, says minister

George Eustice says rival Rishi Sunak has made clear there will be no compromise on welfare standards

Liz Truss has refused to enshrine animal welfare in trade deals, says minister | Animal welfare | The Guardian

Brexit trade deals, the environment secretary has said.

George Eustice was speaking at the Conservative Environment Network Tory leadership hustings on behalf of Rishi Sunak, and said he faced “challenges” in trying to get Truss to enshrine animal welfare in trade deals.

He said: “He’s (Shunak) got a position that I am much more comfortable with than I suspect will be the position with Liz Truss, and that is the position on international trade: he has made it clear that we shouldn’t compromise on animal welfare standards.

“It is fair to say there were some challenges I had in getting Liz Truss to recognise the importance of animal welfare in particular and that we should reflect it in trade agreements.”

Liz Truss accused of snubbing farmers over refusal to attend rural hustings | Liz Truss | The Guardian

Eustice: Truss won’t enshrine animal welfare in post-Brexit trade deals | The Scottish Farmer

An article from friend Phil (CEO at CIWF) re Liz Truss:

Handing animal welfare to the farming industry is a big backward step | Philip Lymbery | The Guardian

I may add more to this later

Regards Mark

Update / additional:

In response to our concerns about FTA with Australia; for which I had many concerns regarding animal welfare, the UK Department for International Trade responded to myself in a letter dated 22/6/22.  You can read a full copy of it in the following link as I published in a post shortly afterwards:

England: Response From UK Government Over Our Letter Of Animal Welfare Concerns In UK – Australia FTA. – World Animals Voice

 

Page 2 of the letter declares that “the Government is committed to ensuring that any deal we sign includes protections for the agriculture industry”. It also states that “we have secured ground breaking provisions on animal welfare”.

 

WAV – This may be the case with Australia; and we are not in a position to declare either way; but with Liz Truss as the new UK PM, she has refused to enshrine animal welfare in trade deals, says minister (George Eustace).

So what are we to believe?

The Guardian (press) from London report:

“Liz Truss has refused to recognise the importance of animal welfare in post-Brexit trade deals, the environment secretary has said.

George Eustice was speaking at the Conservative Environment Network Tory leadership hustings on behalf of Rishi Sunak, and said he faced “challenges” in trying to get Truss to enshrine animal welfare in trade deals”.

Remember the words from department for international trade – “the Government is committed to ensuring that any deal we sign includes protections for the agriculture industry”. It also states that “we have secured ground breaking provisions on animal welfare”.

Liz Truss appears to be refusing and recognise the importance of animal welfare in post Brexit trade deals.  The department for international trade say other things; Truss is the now the newly elected Prime Minister; so who we ask, with Conservatives, who is right, and who is wrong ???

If anyone out there can provide me with a sensible response as to who is right or wrong, then please mail it to me through the contact route on the site.  I am confused, as I am sure many of you are.  A ping pong approach; first one way then moving to another appears to me to be the current government policy on animal welfare and FTA’s – put simply; nobody knows what the hell is going on or what will happen in future.

One thing we can say for sure is that Liz Truss is not welcome by WAV in the PM position; there is only one person who she cares about, and that is a woman named Liz Truss.  As for animal welfare in future FTA’s, I get the impression that despite years of presenting evidence and valid arguments against current systems; we can all go and screw ourselves now.

The next General Election in a few years will be a time when many people can then tell the government to go screw itself; we will keep on the pressure until then, and who knows, we may even get a one direction policy response to this current farce.

Regards (confused) Mark

Ben Goldsmith, the chair of the Conservative Environment Network, and a longtime green Tory who was a strong supporter of Boris Johnson, said of the UK’s new prime minister and her defeated rival: “Neither Truss nor Sunak has been known for their passion for nature. Neither has made a name for themselves as an environmental leader.”

Many green campaigners remember Truss as secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs from 2014 to 2016. Privately, they say she made little impact, other than to agree to cuts to the department’s budget that further reduced enforcement of environmental regulation, including of sewage polluting the UK’s waterways.

 

Liz Truss shows little sign she is ready to meet big environmental challenges | Green politics | The Guardian

 

 

 

England: Animal Rebellion activists stop milk supply in parts of England.


Animal Rebellion protesters climb on top of a truck at the Arla Aylesbury depot. Photograph: Andrea Domeniconi/Alamy Live News/Alamy Live News.

Animal Rebellion activists stop milk supply in parts of England

More than 100 protesters block and climb on trucks at dairies in the Midlands and southern England

More than 100 supporters of Animal Rebellion stopped the supply of fresh milk across large areas of England in the early hours of Sunday, including Arla Aylesbury, which processes 10% of the UK supply.

It came after the activist group, who campaign for a sustainable plant-based food system, received no response to a letter to Downing Street in August, in which they warned of disruptive action in September unless progress towards their demands was made.

Members of Animal Rebellion stopped and climbed on company trucks outside four facilities supplying milk to the Midlands and south of England. Others entered company premises, climbing on to milk silos and the sites’ loading bays.

The four distribution centres, operated by Müller and Arla, together process an estimated 2bn litres of fresh milk annually.

The group has said its supporters will continue to take direct action until the British government negotiates on its two demands.

It is calling for the government to support farmers and fishing communities to move away from animal farming and fishing as part of an immediate transition to a plant-based food system.

It also wants the government to commit to rewild the freed-up land and ocean as part of a broader programme of wildlife restoration and carbon drawdown.

John Appleton, who worked at Arla for six years and is taking part in the protest, said: “I’ve seen this industry first-hand, I know the struggle that farmers and workers go through every single day. We need a food system that works for them, everyone else, and nonhuman animals.

“Governmental support for this is vital to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies. We know the twin solution: transition to a plant-based food system and a mass rewilding programme.”

Steve Bone, a photographer from Thorpe-le-Soken in Essex who also joined the action, said: “A plant-based future would restore the British countryside and all the wonderful nature lost to animal farming … A plant-based future would enable massive carbon drawdown and mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis.”

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A spokesperson for Müller UK and Ireland confirmed the sites targeted were at Droitwich, Severnside and Bridgwater.

He said: “We are disappointed to be targeted by a small number of activists who don’t represent the 96% of adults in Britain who choose milk every week, and we will ensure that supplies are maintained.

“Dairy is affordable and packed with nutrients that benefit our bodies. During a cost of living crisis it is wrong to try to prevent it from reaching families, including vulnerable members of society.”

An Arla spokesperson said: “We currently have protesters at our Aylesbury site and are working closely with local police to resolve the situation. The safety and security of our colleagues at the site is our number one priority and production is currently running as normal.”

The protest comes a day after Animal Rebellion campaigners gathered at a Whole Foods store in London, and Marks & Spencer supermarkets in Southampton, Manchester and Birmingham, holding signs that read “Plant-based future” and “Rewild our land” as they tried to stop shoppers from buying milk.

Animal Rebellion, a sister movement of Extinction Rebellion, claims it has hundreds of supporters willing to be arrested and go to prison for taking direct action.

So far this year, activists from the group have disrupted the trooping the colour ceremony at the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations, invaded the track at the Epsom derby horse race, and emptied milk bottles on to the floor in the food hall at Harrods department store in London. They have also announced plans to block supermarkets and prevent millions of people from buying milk.

Müller and Arla have been contacted for comment.

Animal Rebellion activists stop milk supply in parts of England | Extinction Rebellion | The Guardian

Regards Mark

We reported that this would happen in a recent post:

UK: Animal Rebellion: Vegan Activists Vow to Disrupt UK Dairy Milk Supply in Eco Protest. – World Animals Voice