Ducks: Animal Welfare

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

(1) whether he plans to require the provision of water for farmed ducks to swim in on welfare grounds;

(2) pursuant to the question of 15 November 2007, Official Report, column 339W, on ducks, whether his Department plans to make changes to the welfare regulations relating to ducks as a result of the research project on the welfare of farmed ducks.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Marine, Landscape and Rural Affairs) and Minister for the South East), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

holding answer 13 May 2008

The results of the DEFRA-funded research project a "Study to Assess the Welfare of Ducks Housed in Systems Currently Used in the UK" are being prepared for publication and will be submitted to a scientific journal shortly. We will consider the report in detail before deciding on a way forward.

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