UK: UK Government Official Response On Live Animal Exports – Looking Like A Ban Ready For Our Official Leaving Of The EU.


SAV Comment.

We have campaigned for a ban on live animal exports for the last 25 years.  The following is the official response from the UK  government on the issue.  The campaigning goes on at present and will continue until we leave the EU in 2019.  With Brexit we will take back control of our legislation – free from the ‘do nothings’ at the EU.

This previous post sums up the situation at the EU – see the video footage of suffering animals presented to them for the last 5+ years.  Their response ? – we can do nothing.

Watch the videos via this link-

Then tell us that EU animals in long distance transport are well cared for, in accordance with EU regulations ! – failures of Regulation 1/2005 on animals in transport are detailed in the videos.

Who wants to be in an EU with all its legislation and rules, that when presented with complete evidence to show those rules are being clearly broken, we are told by response that they (the EU) can do nothing !


We have a good deal of hope that Minister Gove (above) at Defra (UK) will have legislation for a ban on live exports in place on the day we officially leave the EU.


Dear Mark Johnson,

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “End the export of live farm animals after Brexit.”.

Government responded:

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

Click this link to view the response online:

The Petitions Committee will take a look at this petition and its response. They can press the government for action and gather evidence. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Committee will consider it for a debate.

The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee:

Thanks, The Petitions team





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