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House of Lords written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Moonie Lord Moonie Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether donkeys used by the British Army for burden-carrying are subject to United Kingdom animal welfare regulations.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Army does not own any donkeys. It does, however keep one mule and two pack ponies at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray which are used for a pack animal course to ensure that some personnel know how to pack an animal in the event that there is ever a requirement to do so.

The department takes very seriously its duty of care towards the animals which serve alongside its service personnel. All animals owned and used by the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces are subject to United Kingdom animal welfare regulations.

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