Critics of the UK trade deal slam Australia’s decision to continue the practice

“It will appear to some that Australia is being ruthless and careless in its dealings with animals for commercial gain.

“And the fact that they’re trying to sweeten this by saying it’s by 2036 betrays the game – they’re getting it wrong and Australia knows they’re getting it wrong, because what’s going to be so different in 2037?” he said.

National Farmers Union Cymru director John Mercer said Welsh farmers had been producing eggs without battery cages since 2012, with the European Union first voting to ban them around the turn of the century.

“Welsh farmers pride themselves on producing high quality, affordable and sustainable food to the highest production standards,” he said.

“In the poultry sector, the use of traditional cage systems has been banned in the UK since 2012 and we have national legislation governing the welfare of our laying hens.

“Industry data shows that 89 per cent of Welsh layers are free range and those housed benefit from a variety of enrichments.”

World Animal Protection said Australia continues to lag behind the EU, New Zealand and some American states, which have committed to phase out cages from 2012, on chicken welfare.

The new criticism comes amid a political row over animal welfare standards that has surfaced during the ongoing Tory leadership contest between Liz Truss, who signed Britain’s first brand-new post-Brexit trade deal with Australia, and Rishi Sunak, who said the deal has left British farmers deserted has come up short.

British Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss.

British Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss.Recognition:Getty Images

UK Environment Secretary George Eustice said he had put up an uphill battle to persuade Truss to include UK animal welfare standards in new trade deals and that this was a key reason he was backing Sunak.

“He has a position that I’m much more comfortable with than I suspect the position at Liz Truss will be, and that’s the position on international trade: he made it clear that we shouldn’t compromise on animal welfare standards ‘ Eustice said.

“It has to be said that there have been some challenges in getting Liz Truss to recognize the importance of animal welfare in particular and that we should reflect this in trade deals.”

On Friday, Sunak chaired a question-and-answer session known as “Hustings” for rural voters hosted by the National Farmers Union. Truss boycotted the event.

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