Many years ago pig farmers in Britain spent a fortune on improving animal welfare standards because EU laws demanded it.
Now it turns out that many farmers in Europe failed to do the same. It meant their pork was cheaper and British farmers lost out.
So what's the EU going to do to force European farmers to adopt the standards it recommended 14 years ago?
David Johns reports and speaks to pig farmer David Brown from Meopham, Richard Ashworth MEP and butcher Ian Chatfield. Video footage courtesy of Animal Aid and the EU.
Up to 200 pigs have been killed in a fire at a farm in Dorset. Emergency services and animal rescue teams were called to Courtland Farm in Friar Waddon at around 8.30pm last night. Fire crews couldn't rescue the 150 piglets and 18 sows when the shed they had recently given birth in was destroyed.
The cause of the fire is still not known.
Two men from south Essex are due in court next month.
They have been charged with animal cruelty. One put a cigarette out on a pig, the other hit the animal with a baton.
The men from Southend and Benfleet worked in the slaughterhouse at Little Warley Farm, near Thurrock.