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Farm Animal Welfare

Volume 172: debated on Thursday 17 May 1990

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33.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what progress he is making in gaining Europe-wide support for his proposals on farm animal welfare.

Discussions are continuing on Commission proposals for the protection of calves and pigs. The Commission has also tabled proposals on protection of animals in transport and is preparing proposals in other areas of animal welfare. We will continue to take every opportunity to press for high standards of animal husbandry throughout the Community.

43.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when he expects to lay the parliamentary orders necessary to implement recent recommendations of the Farm Animal Welfare Council.

The Farm Animal Welfare Council has recently published reports on the handling and transport of poultry and on the enforcement of animal welfare legislation. My Department is currently seeking views from interested organisations on these recommendations and the Government's response to them will be published when all comments have been carefully considered.