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Animal protection means higher food prices, minister says

The Local · 14 Feb 2011, 08:49

Published: 14 Feb 2011 08:49 GMT+01:00

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Consumers who believe it is important to keep animals in humane and environmentally sustainable ways "must be ready to pay more" for food, Aigner said in Monday's edition of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.

She called for a European animal protection label that would indicate producers had maintained certain standards regarding conditions under which animals are raised. She said the criteria for attaching such a label to food products should be even stricter than the law requires and be easily understood by consumers.

The minister, a member of the conservative Christian Social Union, added that for producers who raise livestock, the welfare of the animal should be a priority and called for a reworking of legal guidelines for some techniques, such as battery cages for chickens.

But she warned about romanticising the business of agriculture. While many consumers expect farms to operate as they did half a century ago, no one has much interest in exchanging their washing machine for an old washboard, she said.


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09:16 February 14, 2011 by auniquecorn
EXcuses, EXcuses,

These (certain standards regarding conditions) have been in place, The gov. just was´nt doing their job. now they got busted out, so the consumer has to suffer. typical german planning.

(must be ready to pay more)

Always excuses for raising the prices.
18:51 February 14, 2011 by Raydoggy
Oh damn, I like my meat from animals that have been kidnapped from their parents, tortured, endure pain and suffering, murdered, skinned, sliced, minced, fried and dished up as gourmet food. Oh yum, how delicious. Tofu on the other hand is far too touchy feely, not enough violence and suffering used to produce it.

Yeah, give me the blood, grissle and bone any day. Oh yummy, I can taste the fear just thinking about eating a baby lamb, and those cute little piglets are so succulent.
22:27 February 14, 2011 by Logic Guy
Well, with an Efficient-Conservative structure, the agriculture business would operate more efficiently and with higher safety standards, and therefore it would actually be in a postion to pass cost savings onto consumers.

This is a very simple form of morality, mathematics and economics. Why can't government and business leaders figure this out?
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