End the export of live farm animals after Brexit.

The transport of live animals exported from the UK causes immense suffering. This trade is governed by EU law, not the UK Government. The Government should plan legislation to ban the export of live farm animals in favour of a carcass only trade and introduce this as soon as we leave the EU.

100,752 Signatures

Status: Closed
Created: 13 Sep 2017, 9:18 p.m.
Daily signature rate : 538
Closed: 19 Mar 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Long distance travel causes enormous suffering: overcrowding; pain and stress; compromised immunity; inhumane slaughter on arrival; loss of legal safeguards. SOURCE CIWF

During live transport there is a high risk of animal suffering: handling during loading and unloading; strange sights and sounds and animals; heat stress and lack of water and rest. SOURCE RSPCA

Animals are crammed into unsuitable transport and endure gruelling journeys heading for conditions illegal in this country. RSPCA

Government Response

Government has a Manifesto commitment “as we leave the European Union, we can take early steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter” and will be considering options in this context

The Government is committed to improving the welfare of animals. The Government share the public’s high regard for animal welfare. We are proud to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world.

The Government believes animals should be slaughtered as close as practicable to their point of production. A trade in meat and meat products is preferable to the long distance transport of animals to slaughter. Once we leave the European Union, and in line with our manifesto commitment, we can take early steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter. We will be considering the options further in the context of our departure from the EU.

Until negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the EU and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force. During this period the Government will continue to negotiate, implement and apply EU legislation.

We have made clear in Brussels that we support improvements being made to enforcement across the EU of existing rules on the long distance transport of livestock. We have also supported calls for the European Commission to make improvements to the existing EU Regulation on protecting animal welfare in transport.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Top 10 Constituency Signatories to the Petition

Constituency Signatures % of Total Signatures MP Party-Constituency
386 0.38% Caroline Lucas Green Party
Brighton, Pavilion
385 0.38% Jeremy Hunt Conservative
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381 0.38% Andrew Griffith Conservative
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381 0.38% Ms Nusrat Ghani Conservative
376 0.37% Craig Mackinlay Conservative
South Thanet
372 0.37% Bob Seely Conservative
Isle of Wight
366 0.36% Anthony Mangnall Conservative
355 0.35% Mr Geoffrey Cox Conservative
Torridge and West Devon
343 0.34% Maria Caulfield Conservative
338 0.34% Sally-Ann Hart Conservative
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MPs spoken contributions during 26 Feb 2018 petition debate

Conservative George Eustice (View contribution) 3312 words Steve Double (View contribution) 2441 words Sir David Amess (View contribution) 1712 words Colin Clark 1638 words
Democratic Unionist Party David Simpson 92 words
Labour Kerry McCarthy (View contribution) 2853 words Dr David Drew 1905 words
Liberal Democrat Mr Alistair Carmichael (View contribution) 1225 words
Scottish National Party David Linden (View contribution) 1558 words Angus Brendan MacNeil (View contribution) 248 words