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.