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Animal Welfare

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the result was of his Department’s consultation on proposed guidance for the transport of greyhounds; and whether his Department plans to issue guidance relating specifically to the transport of greyhounds. (115494)

Defra has not consulted specifically on proposed guidance for the transport of greyhounds. However, in May 2006 Defra published a consultation paper on the implementation in England of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations. A summary of responses can be found on the Defra website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/anirnaltransport-eureg/responses-summary.pdf.

Following that consultation, my Department issued guidance on compliance with Regulation 1/2005 which is available on the Defra website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/farmed/transport/eu-transportreg.htm.

Specific guidance on the transport of greyhounds is not planned but it is our intention to use powers provided under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to introduce regulations and a code on the welfare of greyhounds used in racing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2006, Official Report, columns 1242-3W, on animal welfare, whether the British Greyhound Racing Board consulted his Department before issuing its guidance; and if he will make a statement. (115495)

The British Greyhound Racing Board did consult Defra before issuing its guidance on transporting greyhounds.