UK tries to prevent pig cull by importing butchers - Sky

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FILE PHOTO: Butcher moves pig carcasses inside a refrigerator

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain will try to avoid a mass cull of pigs by allowing trained butchers to come to work on temporary visas, Sky News reported on Thursday.

The measures will include dropping a requirement for fluent English, Sky News said.

A spokesman for Britain's agriculture ministry declined to confirm or deny the report, saying merely that something might be announced.

Farmers across Britain say a combination of Brexit and COVID-19 has sparked an exodus of east European workers from abattoirs and meat processors, leaving pigs to back up in barns and fields across the country.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Andy Bruce)

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