‘We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to secure derogations from EU treaties to allow the prohibition of foods that fail UK animal welfare standards.’
– ePetition submitted to Number 10
The popular petition to ban foie gras has failed with Number 10 blaming international free trade laws designed to ensure the free movement of goods. The law is in dispute, as existing treaties do allow for bans on grounds of public morality and they’ve got away with it in California.
Whatever. If the law’s wrong, we should change it. And this a particularly bad law that undermines the UK’s efforts to improve animal welfare, by allowing inhumane food producers to simply export their business to another EU country, such as France, where animal cruelty is more greatly tolerated.
So I’ve applied to start a petition of my own which, subject to the approval of the Number 10 team, should appear at: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/eu-food/.
It calls on the prime minister to ‘secure derogations from EU treaties to allow the prohibition of foods that fail UK animal welfare standards’. I think that’s most reasonable, will promote animal welfare beyond foie gras and hope you’ll be happy to sign.
In the meantime, here’s a short film to set the mood: