Animals: Exports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 7th July 2021.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals were exported from the UK for the purpose of (a) breeding, (b) fattening and (c) slaughter in each of the last five years.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This response has been compiled by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) using data provided by third parties, and as such, is reliant on the providers for the accuracy of the information.

The following has been extracted from TRACES (Trade Control and Expert System). TRACES is a European Commission system employed by EU member states to facilitate and record animal/animal product movements into and throughout the EU.

Below is the number of live animals exported to the EU from 2016:

Reason for export

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Breeding

9,037,232

11,073,789

9,998,318

8,415,229

9,577,278

Fattening

93,778

92,193

76,915

80,934

87,936

Production

25,146

28,783

25,521

34,295

6,248

Slaughter

3,950,414

5,315,978

4,820,894

5,277,047

4,657,365

Exports to the rest of the world require an Export Health Certificate (EHC). APHA’s data retention period for export certification is three years. Subsequently, APHA does not hold records for export consignments carried out before 2018.

The below information shows the number of EHCs issued. The APHA records do not hold the number of animals exported; numerous animals can travel on one EHC. Many of the EHCs agreed with countries are for breeding, fattening or production combined on one document so this data cannot be segmented by export reason.

Reason for export

2018

2019

2020

Breeding/Fattening/Production

1805

1812

2185

Slaughter

227

484

263

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