Animal Welfare - Pigs (March 2024)

“Thank you for contacting me about the use of cages for farm animals.


I would like to assure you that my ministerial colleagues and I take the welfare of all animals seriously. Since publishing the Action Plan for Animal Welfare, the Government has delivered an ambitious legislative programme, bringing significant improvements for animals both in the UK and abroad. Ministers are firmly committed to maintaining the UK’s strong track record on animal welfare and to delivering continued improvements, both in the course of this Parliament and beyond.


I am assured that the Government will continue to work with the sector to maintain and enhance high standards of welfare. For example, the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway will prioritise areas for additional improvement in the health and welfare for pigs, cattle, sheep and poultry. I know that one of the Government’s priorities for the pathway includes supporting producers to transition away from confinement systems. 

Of course, if you have specific concerns about the welfare of an animal, I recommend reporting it to the police or the RSPCA.


Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.


Yours sincerely,


Sally-Ann Hart MP”