Animal Welfare — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:06 am on 14th June 2012.

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Photo of Lord Knight of Weymouth Lord Knight of Weymouth Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 11:06 am, 14th June 2012

My Lords, the Government's record on animal welfare is now in tatters, given that they are not listening to science on badgers, are dragging their heels on animals in circuses and have made a shambolic U-turn on shooting buzzards. [Laughter.] We can see how seriously the party opposite takes animal welfare from its reaction to that. Given that more than a million people have signed the petition on the long-distance transport of horses for slaughter organised by Animal Angels and that MEPs now agree that the limit should be eight hours, is it the Government's policy that the limit should be eight hours or the 12 hours that the Minister talked about?