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Ducks: Animal Welfare

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether he plans to require the provision of water for farmed ducks to swim in on welfare grounds; (205093)

(2) pursuant to the question of 15 November 2007, Official Report, column 339W, on ducks, whether his Department plans to make changes to the welfare regulations relating to ducks as a result of the research project on the welfare of farmed ducks.

[holding answer 13 May 2008]: The results of the DEFRA-funded research project a "Study to Assess the Welfare of Ducks Housed in Systems Currently Used in the UK" are being prepared for publication and will be submitted to a scientific journal shortly. We will consider the report in detail before deciding on a way forward.