Brexit Animal Welfare Taskforce
‘USPCA Animal Hospital in Newry was the chosen venue for a recent meeting of twelve senior executives of the UK and Republic of Irelands largest and most influential animal welfare charities.
The agenda focussed on progress towards Brexit and its potential impact, both positive and negative, on a wide range of animal welfare issues of relevance to the UK and ROI.
Held under the auspices of Eurogroup for Animals the Brexit Taskforce was briefed by Brussels based EU lobbyists and talks observers on the status of ongoing negotiations. Delegates were then given an opportunity to articulate and record their concerns.
This was the latest in an ongoing series of engagements between the charities being held to both monitor and seek to influence the impact of Brexit on the welfare of all animals’.
Brendan Mullan, Chief Executive, USPCA.
“The USPCA was privileged to host this important meeting. The attendees being key stakeholders in the realm of animal welfare whose advice and opinions are of vital importance.
It was particularly helpful to the understanding of some of the key challenges, to have input from officials representing both DAERA in NI and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in the Republic. Brexit can be regarded as either a threat to existing welfare standards or as presenting a real opportunity for improvement. Ensuring a outcome favourable for animals, be they pets or livestock, is a matter of mutual concern to the charities forming the Brexit Taskforce and, as a member, it is the USPCA’s commitment to engage fully in a process that will safeguard the future for all our animals”.