Video: What does Brexit mean for animal rights?
Brexit? Or Bremain? I’ve followed up on my earlier blog post with a short video explaining what a Brexit (Britain exiting the European Union) might mean for animal rights. There’s some new information in the video, so if you find this topic interesting I recommend watching it.
The issue of farm subsidies is particularly interesting.
The UK will continue to pay farm subsidies in the event of a Brexit, but it’s hard to believe they could remain at current levels.
Where you can find more data
The latest information on farm subsidy recipients can be found here. It’s a government website, so it’s not quite as easy to search, but there is some fascinating data there!
What I really like is that you can find out which individuals have received the largest subsidies, and some are downright weird.
Farm subsidies for cosmetic companies and tobacco farms?
Between 2001-2005, Boots (yes, the cosmetics company) received over €4,938,664 in farm subsidies for using sugar and starch in their cosmetics. I kid you not.
Of course, since the EU also subsidizes tobacco farms, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Interestingly, the US ended subsidies for tobacco farmers in 2014.
This seems yet another example of how the European Union has managed to gain a significant amount of goodwill without actually doing much at all.
How progressive is the EU, really?
As I mention in the video, if you’ve ever seen a Michael Moore movie, you’d probably think the European Union is a wonderful, progressive place where human health and the natural environment is deeply respected.
In reality, the Europe Union hasn’t been able to extend the right to gay marriage to all its citizens (only 11 out of 28 member countries allow gay marriage!). And the incident at Kiwi Cafe shows that in some countries, like Georgia, gays face serious discrimination and violence.
Bremain or Brexit?
So, what should it be? Brexit or Bremain? While Brexit has more of a ring to it, I’m still in the Bremain camp, although it is becoming increasingly difficult to defend after doing this research. I’d love to hear from you!