Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (ii) the Countryside Alliance and (iii) other country sports groups on animal sentience.

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

Defra Ministers and officials engage with stakeholders in relation to a range of animal welfare issues including animal sentience. Defra officials had a meeting with representatives of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation where animal sentience was discussed and the Countryside Alliance submitted a contribution to the recent consultation on the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill.

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