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Animal Welfare: Performing Arts

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessments she has made of the adequacy of the welfare standards applicable to animals used in the performing arts industry.

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

No such assessments have been made of animal welfare standards applicable to the performing arts as a whole. DEFRA is currently considering the adequacy of welfare standards in the context of performing wild animals in travelling circuses, and will consult on proposals for this in early 2012.

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