Livestock: Exports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25 June 2018 to Question 155669 on Livestock: Exports, whether he has plans to include a ban on live animal exports for fattening.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The Government’s manifesto made it clear that we would take early steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter, once we leave the European Union.

Further to the reply to Question 155669, we asked the Farm Animal Welfare Committee to look at what animal welfare improvements could be made to the transport regulatory regime for all animals and for all purposes; their report is expected shortly. Once we have received that report, we will consider how best to take forward our manifesto commitment. All options, including a possible ban, remain on the table.

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