Live animal export ban proposals sought by Defra

Live animal export ban proposals sought by Defra

The call for evidence will also look at higher welfare standards for live animal movements.

Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffiths said the Welsh Government preferred to see trade in meat for the sake of animal welfare.

A number of future improvements in this area are being considered by Defra, including a potential ban on the live export of animals for slaughter.

"It would be remarkably short-sighted to introduce a ban on live exports at the same time as massive tariffs on meat exports to the European Union might be introduced", he said.

NFU Scotland livestock chairman Charlie Adam said that animal welfare is a "top "priority" for Scottish farmers".

Launching the consultation, Gove said the United Kingdom already had some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world but the government was committed to a manifesto promise to improve them further. Potential banThe call for evidence, which will last for six weeks, seeks views from across industry, devolved authorities, charities and the general public on how the government might raise standards of animal welfare during transport after the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

He said he was keen to hear from industry, devolved authorities and charities on "all possible options". Up to 20,000 live sheep were exported to Europe in 2017, according to estimates from the National Farmers' Union. The bill was welcomed by animal welfare activists, who suggested animals exported for slaughter overseas could encounter conditions illegal in the UK. Mr Stocker said a "more intelligent solution" would be the proposed industry assurance scheme for live export routes.

"We would prefer for animals to be slaughtered as close as practicable to their point of production and consider a trade in meat and meat products to be preferable to long distance transport of animals to slaughter".

A Live Animal Exports (Prohibition) Bill was tabled in Parliament last October, by MP Theresa Villiers.

"The UK government's ambition to be viewed as a premier trading partner post Brexit means we need to be able to demonstrate robust, evidenced welfare standards delivering confidence to UK consumers and our trading partners".

"It is important that standards are in place to protect animal welfare during transport", he said. "We look forward to contributing to this call and seeing the results once the evidence has been collected".

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has called for evidence for a potential ban on the export of live animals following Brexit.



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