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Animal Welfare

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints regarding the welfare of pigs the State Veterinary Service has investigated in each of the last five years; and in how many cases legal action resulting in a positive outcome has been pursued. (98209)

The information requested is set out in the following table:

Pig welfare complaint investigations

Complaints

Legal action taken

Resolved

Not yet resolved

2001

69

21

21

0

2002

125

46

46

0

2003

130

54

54

0

2004

140

51

51

0

2005

142

50

49

11

2006 to date

82

34

33

21

1 (case is subject to further investigation)

2 (prosecution pending)

Legal action can include prosecution, provision of a statement, serving an Enforcement Notice under Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2000 (as amended), issuing a caution or advisory letter and a revisit to monitor compliance.