Sunday, January 29

Sánchez assures that the Government “complies” with the ranchers, but does not quote Garzón


The secretary general of the PSOE, Pedro Sanchez, has assured this Friday that the Government “complies” with the livestock sector with the actions carried out by the Executive in these two years of legislature, although he has not mentioned the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, after the controversy generated by his statements about intensive livestock farming and the quality of the meat that Spain exports.

In his speech at the Federal Committee of the PSOE, Sánchez has indicated that the Executive complies with the primary sector, with farmers and ranchers approving the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC) and with the distribution to all autonomous governments.

In addition, Sánchez has highlighted the approval of the Food Chain Law, promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, which came into force in mid-December.

The Food Chain Law aims to establish fairer prices for all operators, especially producers, and prohibits the destruction of value. In this way, each operator in the food chain must pay the immediately preceding operator a price equal to or greater than the assumed cost of production. Therefore, production costs are constituted as the basis for negotiating written contracts.

The famous interview

Sánchez on the contrary has made no mention in his speech to the Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzón, after the controversy generated by his statements about the quality of the meat that Spain exports and his criticism of intensive livestock and macro-farms.

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In an interview in the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’, he affirms that it is worse macro-farm meat than extensive livestock and that in Spain animals are mistreated.

At first, the government disavowed Garzón and pointed out that they were statements in a personal capacity, although the minister reaffirmed himself in his words and reiterated that he spoke as a member of the Executive.

Criticisms from the PSOE

From the PSOE, several Autonomous leaders have also criticized Garzón’s words and have asked for a rectification. This same Friday, the secretary general of the Socialists in Castilla y León and candidate for the February 13 elections, Luis Tudanca, pointed out that he had been “wrong” in stating that animals were mistreated in the macro-farms of Spain.

More harsh was the president of Castilla La Mancha, Emiliano García Page, who also this Monday at the entrance of the Federal Committee, accused him of “killing flies with his tail” like the devil “when he has nothing to do” and has asked him to rectify because “it is wise.”

Days before, both the president of the Principality of Asturias, Adrián Barbón, and that of Aragón, Javier Lambán, both socialists, also spoiled Garzón’s words. The latter went so far as to affirm that whoever makes these statements “cannot be the minister of Spain for another day.”


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