Livestock: Transport

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th March 2013.

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Photo of Brian H Donohoe Brian H Donohoe Labour, Central Ayrshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records his Department holds on the number of sheep which have died at the port of Ramsgate since September 2012; and what assessment he has made of the fitness for purpose of that port for the export of live animals.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Since the 12 September 2012 incident, one sheep was euthanised in October on veterinary advice at the port of Ramsgate.

Article 22 and 23 of Council Regulation 1/2005 require the Competent Authority to ensure that there are arrangements in place to deal with emergencies, if they occur, at the port of Ramsgate. There is no requirement under the regulation for the port to have animal handling facilities. Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency staff are present at the port for all sailings and will invoke emergency procedures if required.

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