We Demand a Referendum Now MEP Nikki Sinclaire met with Animal Rights campaigner and actress, Joanne Lumley, on Tuesday 24th September to discuss pig welfare.
The TV star is in Brussels to discuss the results of an investigation into widespread breaches of the EU Pig Directive
Just under 1 billion animals in the world today are pigs. Over 500 million of these pigs live in industrialised systems, known as factory farms. Being kept in such intensive conditions has severe health and welfare implications for the animals involved.
Compassion in World Farming has campaigned for many years to ensure higher welfare standards for pigs. During this time we have seen vital steps forward, including the recognition of animals as sentient beings within the EU (Lisbon Treaty, 2009), and the passage of legislation such as Council Directive 2008/120/EC laying down minimum standards for the protection of pigs.
Nikki Sinclaire said,
“Animal welfare is incredibly important to the people of the UK, and here in the West Midlands, as we are a nation of animal lovers.
It is important that animal welfare legislation is enforced. The UK imports around 30,000 tonnes of Pork per month. We want to know that pigs worldwide are treated in an ethical manner”.