The opposite is true isn't it surely, do you think the livestock industry could be trusted to develop and implement animal welfare strategies that would not neccessarily benefit them?
'Reacting to Defra's decision Peter Stephenson, from Compassion in World Farming, said: "I am delighted, surprised and very, very pleased that the government has recognised the amount of damage that this would do."
Andrew Tyler, director of campaign group Animal Aid, said: "We are pleased to hear that sustained pressure has compelled Defra to reverse its decision and retain the statutory element of the codes. That means court cases stand a better chance of succeeding."
The RSPCA also welcomed the move, saying it had been concerned guidance documents might not contain the same level of welfare information as the existing codes,