Berlin, Hanover In the dispute over secure funding for farmers Conversion of animal husbandry towards higher standards comes movement. The Lower Saxon FDPparliamentary group spoke out in a position paper in favor of an “earmarked animal welfare levy on meat products”.
As parliamentary group leader Stefan Birkner explained on Monday, the paper has also been coordinated with “leading heads” of the federal FDP. Grocery retailers are responsible for “keeping the burden on customers as low as possible and ideally bearing all of the additional costs”. In the traffic light coalition in Berlin, FDP last made it clear that she Refuses consumer markups in view of high inflation.
The agricultural policy spokesman for the FDP in the Bundestag, Gero Hocker, told the German Press Agency that his parliamentary group had not yet stood in the way of a proposal “that can be implemented under constitutional and tax law, serves animal welfare and does not fuel inflation”.
The Lower Saxony FDP parliamentary group is absolutely correct when it sees trade as a central responsibility and that it has to bear all the additional costs. “In this way, additional burdens for customers could be avoided, especially in times of rising food prices.”
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Lower Saxony parliamentary group leader Birkner said the amount of the levy had to be determined by the Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Ozdemir (Greens) discuss with those involved. However, it must not exceed 40 cents per kilogram. “From our point of view, that is certainly the maximum that can be talked about.”
FDP in the Bundestag sees gaps in Özdemir’s draft
With a consumption of 7.4 million tons of meat per year, this corresponds to income of almost three billion euros, which should flow into an animal welfare fund by federal law. The levy should apply to all countries of origin and also to wholesalers.
For the FDP in the Bundestag, Hocker said that the basis for more animal welfare remains a comprehensive labeling of husbandry and origin, which is agreed in the coalition agreement. However, the draft submitted by Özdemir still has significant gaps and questions. “For example, why gastronomy should not be recorded, why the origin is not marked and what should justify a separate organic level”. So far, there has also been a lack of any initiative for the necessary building law simplifications. Efforts for national solo efforts and additional requirements will be clearly rejected by the FDP.
With regard to the paper by the Lower Saxony FDP parliamentary group, Greens expert Renate Künast welcomed the fact that the FDP had given up its resistance to appropriate financing of the barn conversion. “This is important support for more animal welfare and fair competition.” Lower Saxony is an agricultural state: More than half of the German fattening chickens and cocks are kept there (60 percent), every third pig (33 percent) and around every fifth beef ( 21 percent).