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Animals: Exports

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many live (a) cattle, (b) horses, (c) sheep and (d) ponies were exported from the UK in each of the last three years. (205138)

The number of cattle, horses, ponies, sheep and goats exported from the UK in each of the last three years can be found in the following table:

2005

2006

2007

Cattle

0

152,754

193,309

Horses and ponies (a)

6,519

5,931

8,090

Sheep and goats (b)

314,136

293,233

208,464

Total

320,655

451,918

409,863

(a) These figures are based on animal health certification and the animal health conditions for horses and ponies are the same. Therefore, the Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) makes no distinction between the species so they are combined. In addition, the Tripartite agreement between the UK, France and the Republic of Ireland means that horses that move between these countries do not need a health certificate and as such we do not have records of these movements.

(b) It is not possible to separate sheep from goats for all years so they are combined.

These figures are based on the number of animals which, following official veterinary inspection, were shown to have met the rules for intra-community trade. Actual numbers traded may be less (as some animals may not be loaded on vehicle). They represent trade from the UK to other EU member states (excluding Switzerland, Norway, UK-UK trade, Channel Islands, transit to third countries, and including/excluding Romania/Bulgaria depending on year).