On 3 July, members of the Campaign for Local Abattoirs gave presentations to a well-attended meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare, chaired by Lord Trees. The cross-party MPs and Peers and the stakeholders present expressed significant support and interest in helping Defra find solutions to the problems facing smaller abattoirs.

Richard Young, Policy Director of the Sustainable Food Trust and co-author of A Good Life and A Good Death: Relocalising Farm Animal Slaughter, outlined the situation of small abattoirs in the UK. Click here to read his presentation.

Natasha Jenkins, a Local Authority Environmental Health Officer, prepared an independent report for the All-Party Group which considered the potential for greater flexibility, reduction in regulatory burden on the operator and reducing costs to the regulator, whilst maintaining or improving food safety and animal welfare standards for the domestic food chain. She also outlined proposals to provide a proportionate risk based regulatory framework for short supply chains. Read the full report here.

John Mettrick, owner of Mettrick’s butchers and small abattoir in Derbyshire and President of National Craft Butchers (previously National Federation of Meat and Food Traders), also submitted a position paper on behalf of National Craft Butchers. You can read the full position paper here.

Photograph: Jasper Jones

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