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Horses: Transport

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the live transportation of horses across Europe before slaughter; and if he will make a statement. (180454)

[holding answer 21 January 2008]: Officials have held recent discussions with the International League for the Protection of Horses on the operation of the new welfare in transport rules contained in Regulation 1/2005; with a view to identifying whether any further welfare measures might be needed to protect the welfare of horses during transport across Europe when the Regulation comes up for review. We have also received representations in the form of letters, emails and questions from hon. Members.