BSE Consultation on lifting the expert ban and harmonizing specific risk material controls applicable in the UK with those in other member states.
Ending the Over Thirty Month Scheme as adjustments to the aftermaths of BSE may increase the traffic in live animals. These must be curtailed, whether of cattle, young or old- or, now even badgers.
The suspended exportation of live animals concerned primarily calves for the trade in veal and baby beef or “heavy”, “spent,” or aged cows and barreness particularly for butchery in France and Low Countries. Some animals in these categories may be involved in a through traffic from, say Ireland. Most of the animals in all the categories, if the live on-the-hoof traffic is resumed, are likely to be subject to the hardships of livestock markets and dealerships and transhipments.
This objectionable traffic has been halted for many years. We urge that the possibility now, with the earnests of the Bill on Animal Welfare in mind, exists to refuse reopening it. A strong signal should challenge the live/deadstock trade to stimulate husbandry that at least ensures a marketable value for newborn calves and spent cattle entailing the fewest transactions on the hoof and, correspondingly, movements of meat to be on-the-hook from the slaughterhouse nearest to the point of slaughter.
These precautions will need adjustments by the industry to replace imports of South American and Irish steer beef for manufacturing purposes with the meat obtained in the British mainland from animals no longer needed to be shot at birth or incinerated.