To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure the maintenance of animal welfare standards for game birds.
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has plans to undertake a review of the Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes.
The welfare of game birds is protected by the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which makes it an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to an animal or to fail to provide an animal with its welfare needs. The statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes, which was made under the Act, provides additional protection and provides keepers with guidance on how to meet the welfare needs of their game birds. The Act and Defra’s Code are enforced by the Animal and Plant Health Agency. We are working with industry to identify and disseminate best practice and ensure effective enforcement. We are not currently planning to change these requirements.