Performing Arts: Animal Welfare

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd October 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the welfare standards applicable to animals used in the performance and arts industries.

Photo of Barbara Follett Barbara Follett Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Culture; Minister for the East of England), Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Officials from DCMS and DEFRA recently met representatives from the film industry and the RSPCA to discuss welfare standards in the industry. The view of both the industry and the RSPCA is that high welfare standards already exist and that government regulation would not be appropriate. Government and industry are currently reviewing the voluntary codes of practice that welfare bodies have prepared for the industry. In addition DEFRA are currently considering the feasibility of introducing regulations to protect the welfare of wild animals used in travelling circuses.

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