Overseas Aid: Animal Welfare

International Development written question – answered on 13 July 2009.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what account his Department takes of animal welfare issues in its determination of aid funding.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) only examines animal welfare issues when aid funding is related to research involving animals or livestock production. In these cases DFID works with partners that have high animal welfare standards.

DFID keeps abreast of animal welfare issues through links with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). DFID supports the UK and European Union's backing of a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare (UDAW) as an important means of raising awareness of animal welfare.

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