30 May 1997

Call for training of all drovers

ANIMAL welfare campaigners concerned over standards at livestock markets have called for compulsory training for drovers.

Releasing its report, A Brutal Business, on welfare standards in 36 monitored auction marts, the charity Animal Aid called on the government to set up an independent organisation to look at welfare standards in the UKs 245 markets.

But the Livestock Auctioneers Association claimed adequate training provisions were already being run by ATB Landbase and new courses for market drovers were being set up.

Elliot Morley, the minister responsible for animal welfare, insisted Labour would ensure treatment of animals at market would be given high priority, and that the report would be studied closely.