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Livestock: Transport

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the resumption of the transport of live animals in 2011; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA Ministers have had no discussions with their European counterparts on the resumption in 2011 of the transport of live animals for the purposes of further fattening and slaughter. This is a separate trade from the transport of animals for breeding purposes.

Although we would prefer to see animals slaughtered as close as practicable to their point of production, the trade in live animals between member states of the European Union is legitimate and is governed by Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.

The European Commission is conducting a review of Regulation 1/2005 and the UK continues to provide the necessary input into this review. In preparation for the eventual publication of any formal proposal to amend the legislation, we will continue to engage with key stakeholders in order to build an evidence-base and gauge views/opinions on the Regulation's implementation and how it might be improved.

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