||<p>The Government shares the public’s high regard for animal welfare, and the welfare
of our farmed livestock in all systems is protected by comprehensive and robust legislation.
After we leave the EU we will look to strengthen our world class welfare standards
as new research and evidence emerges. In England, we intend to develop publicly funded
schemes for farmers to deliver animal welfare enhancements beyond our high regulatory
baseline that are valued by the public, but not sufficiently rewarded by the market.
We also want to provide greater transparency and certainty for consumers, so that
they have a clear understanding of the animal welfare standards applying to products.
We note that the European Chicken Commitment initiative is also promoting enhancements
beyond the regulatory baseline and we look forward to seeing how this voluntary initiative