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Horses: Exports

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Government are taking to stop the export of live horses and ponies from the UK to continental Europe; and if he will make a statement. (180968)

[holding answer 22 January 2008]: Horse and pony exports include horses and ponies being exported for breeding, racing, and other equestrian events and companion horses and ponies being taken abroad by families relocating as well as animals being exported for slaughter. We are therefore not proposing to ban the export of horses and ponies. Furthermore, a unilateral ban on live exports would be illegal under EU free trade law.