Livestock: Transport

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th February 2018.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions there have been for (a) the illegal transportation of live farm animal exports and (b) consignments that failed to meet animal welfare standards in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many such prosecutions were successful.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In England, Local Authorities are responsible for enforcing the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 (WATEO). Local Authorities will take prosecution action when serious welfare issues relating to the transport of live animals have been identified.

As action is taken by individual Local Authorities, we do not hold specific data as to whether the action was taken against a transporter exporting live animals.

We do have data on the number of successful convictions in England and Wales made under WATEO and the equivalent legislation in Wales each year, which is published in the “Return of expenditure incurred and prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981 and incidences of disease in imported animals” presented each year to Parliament. In the last five years there has been the following number of successful convictions under WATEO:

Year

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Convictions

14

15

8

2

12

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