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Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to bring forward regulations to establish minimum standards for the transportation of greyhounds. (101449)

Council Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport will come into force on 5 January 2007. It will establish minimum standards for the transport of vertebrate animals in connection with an economic activity.

The regulation will apply to the transport of greyhounds by commercial racers. Greyhounds owned and transported as pets will be exempt.

We are also committed to drafting a regulation on the welfare of racing greyhounds by 2008 with the aim of it coming into force in 2009. This regulation will be made under section 12 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and is concerned with the welfare of the dogs within the racing industry and not just their transport. We have set up a Greyhound Welfare Working Group which will be making recommendations to Ministers about this regulation.