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Defra consultation: Live animal exports: improvements to animal welfare in transport

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Seeking views on ending live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, starting in or transported through England or Wales, and on further improvements to animal welfare in transport.

...follow the link to the consultation on GOV.UK...

31st January 2021
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Government must commit to improving welfare of animals at slaughter, say vets

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BVA has welcomed the Review of the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations (WATOK), but called on the Government to commit to making the improvements outlined in the report.

...follow the link to read the article at BVA...

27th January 2021
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Vets welcome Government consultation on the welfare of livestock at transport

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BVA has welcomed today’s (Thursday 3rd December) announcement that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will begin an eight-week long consultation in England and Wales seeking views on live animals export and how to better protect animal welfare during transport.

...follow the link to read the article in full at BVA...

3rd December 2020
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New Zealand introduces new rules for live animal exports

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New Zealand announces new requirements for the safe transport of livestock after a cattle ship capsized in the East China sea this summer, killing thousands of cows and most of the ship’s crew.

 

Reuters reports that only two of the 43 members and more than 6,000 cattle on the Gulf Carrier 1, which was heading from New Zealand to China, survived. The disaster prompted authorities to suspend live cattle exports and launch a review.

The suspension expires on 23 October, but a conditional ban is in place until 30 November, during which time New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) can livestock exports by sea subject to the new conditions.

...click on the link to read the article in full at The Dairy Site...

26th October 2020
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Vets lament ‘severe blow for animal welfare’ as MPs vote against Agriculture Bill amendment on import standards

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The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has responded tonight (12 October 2020) after a crucial clause that imposes a requirement for agricultural and food imports to the UK to meet domestic standards was voted down in the House of Commons as part of the passage of the Agriculture Bill.

In this evening’s session, MPs voted down Amendment 16 by 53 votes (322 votes to 279). The amendment, which was tabled in the Lords by Lord Grantchester, Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville, Lord Krebs & Baroness Boycott, had garnered a swathe of cross-party support, including from several Conservative MPs. Amendment 18 (the Curry amendment) which would have made the Trade and Agriculture Commission statutory was deemed by the Speaker to be disagreed to as it would impose a charge on the public revenue.

...follow the link to read the article in full at the BVA...

12th October 2020
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