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Horses: Animal Welfare

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he next plans to raise in the Council of Ministers the subject of long distance transportation of horses to slaughter; (314055)

(2) if he will seek to secure agreement at EU level on a journey limit of between nine and 12 hours for the long distance transportation of horses to slaughter.

The review of Council Regulation 1/2005 on the welfare of animals during transport, which was brought forward from the deadline of 2011, was postponed by the European Commission in October last year because of a lack of internal agreement on the draft proposals. We expect to see fresh proposals within the next year. The Secretary of State's call for improved enforcement and finite times for journeys to slaughter made at Agriculture Council in September last year still stands.