Writing in his personal blog the Tory MP, John Redwood, said leaving the EU presented a great time to protect our animals, rather than accepting the conditions when the UK was a member of the bloc. The UK can set its own standards for animal welfare, which can be far higher than the EU’s minimum requirement.
The RSPCA has estimated that around 80 percent of UK animal welfare laws come from the EU.
Within the bloc, animals are now travelling increasingly longer distances and many are also being exported to non-EU countries.
The MP for Wokingham said he had been left disappointed with the EU’s attitude towards animal welfare.
He wrote: “The question we should ask is can we raise that standard a bit as we leave the EU, without making affected foods unrealistically expensive?
“I think we can.
“Those who think the EU guarantees high standards should look at this dreadful history of opposition to and delay of better standards to grab commercial advantage.
“All the time we were in the single market we have had years of being forced to take meat and eggs produced in cruel conditions we had banned at home.”
Mr Gove also highlighted that outside of the EU, the UK could introduce stricter rules for the importing of puppies from other member states.
This could help the country to crack down on puppy smuggling.
In 2018, Danish MP Jorn Dohrmann, found that animals were being subject to overcrowding, high temperatures, failures of being fed and many of the EU’s regulations were being breached.
It comes amid concerns over the possible importation of chlorinated chicken to the UK from the US in a future trade deal between the countries.