On a recent visit to Brussels, on 8 December, the body’s chief executive, Michael Bellingham, told Sky News that the 60 million pets in the UK “did not vote for Brexit”. He went on to say that the pet industry wanted to retain its high welfare standards and continue to have access to the same products it does now.
Bellingham highlighted that manufacturers either side of the Irish border would be relieved to hear that there would be no hard border. He also celebrated that rights of EU citizens’ in the UK appeared to have been secured, especially because of serious concerns over the status of the 90% of abattoir vets, and 30% of all vets, who come from the EU.
Nicole Paley, communications manager at PFMA, said: “We had been extremely concerned by the lack of progress in negotiations and Michael was delighted to be able to represent the Pet Industry on this historic day in Brussels. He is hopeful that this deal will give PFMA members some relief and a transitional period to put the necessary actions into place.”