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Animals: Exports

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made in reducing levels of live animal exports. (288011)

The export of live animals is a lawful trade and to restrict it would be contrary to free trade rules. Such trade must, though, adhere to the standards set out in health and welfare rules.

The Government would prefer a trade in meat to the long distance transport of live animals to slaughter, whether in the UK, or across borders.