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Horses: Exports

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the animal welfare standards for live horses and ponies being exported from the UK. (205137)

There are continuous checks on the welfare of horses and ponies exported from the United Kingdom. There are fitness to travel checks carried out as part of export health certification and checks carried out at places of departure and ports and airports to ensure compliance with all the requirements of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the welfare of animals during transport.