June 18, 2018

RSPCA welcomes Michael Gove’s food labelling/animal welfare announcement

The RSPCA have welcomed Michael Gove’s announcement that new food labelling would include animal welfare.

RSPCA Head of Public Affairs, David Bowles, said:  “The RSPCA welcomes Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s ambitions for a new food labelling system that would include animal welfare as a quality standard.

“Hundreds of millions of animals are farmed every year for food in the UK. Research shows that consumers are concerned about the provenance of their food, but it’s currently too easy for clever labels to cloud the real truth behind how that animal was reared.

“Food labels are an important way of ensuring consumers can make informed choices about what they eat.  Compulsory labelling which includes how the animal had been cared for would also help to raise standards of farm animal welfare – eggs are a great example of this.

“We believe people have a right to know how the food they eat has been produced.”