Trade deals and animal welfare – what’s the problem?

There has been considerable news coverage recently of the trade deals that the UK is starting to roll out following Brexit. And of the changes that these will mean for British consumers and producers. This is exemplified in the trade deal with Australia signed in December. Farmers have expressed varying degrees of concern over the extra-EU production standards – for animal welfare in particular – when compared to the current British ones.

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Illegal donkey-skin trade thriving on social networks, report reveals | Global development

The illegal sale of donkey skins is thriving in online marketplaces, with traders openly flouting local laws, and social media multinationals such as Facebook doing little to prevent the illegal trade, according to a new investigation. Traders on Facebook are offering large quantities of donkey skins on the site, the report said, including one trader … Read more

Wildlife trafficking thrives on Facebook despite pledge to fight illegal trade | Endangered species

Facebook remains a thriving marketplace for online wildlife trafficking despite the tech giant’s pledge to help combat the illegal trade, according to a new investigation. Tiger cubs, leopards, ocelots, African gray parrots and the world’s smallest monkey, the pygmy marmoset, were among the endangered animals that researchers from the global campaign group Avaaz found on … Read more