Livestock: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance her Department has issued to livestock transport companies on the welfare of animals in the event of delays to freight crossing to and from the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith The Minister of State, Department for International Development, The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra has issued guidance to animal transporters on the processes that apply in relation to import and export rules and animal welfare in the event of no deal and contingency measures that can be taken to mitigate the risks to welfare of animals being stuck in queues. Transporters have a legal duty to safeguard the welfare of their animals.

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