This policy is part of the government’s initiative to deliver a “green Brexit“, which results in improved environmental standards in the UK. At the moment, the trade and transport of live animals is governed by EU law, as opposed to the UK’s national laws. The UK is obligated to abide by EU laws until such time as Brexit is finalised, at which point the government will be able to make changes.
The government has already begun to prepare on matters related to this pledge. From April to May 2018, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) undertook a consultation on live exports and improving animal welfare. The results were passed to the Farm Animal Welfare Committee who have been asked to carry out a review and make recommendations for improvements.
In December 2018, government guidance on exporting animals and animal products if there’s no Brexit deal included a mention of the FAWC work:
“The Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) are undertaking this review of the welfare in transport regulatory regime, and proposals will be made in light of that FAWC report”
This policy can be marked as ‘in progress’, recognising what the government has done so far. To move it to ‘done’, we would expect to see legislation regarding live animal exports for slaughter once Brexit is finalised. Follow this policy for updates.
Take steps to stay informed, get the details
- End the export of live farm animals after Brexit – Petitions, UK Government and Parliament
- Ban on live animal exports for slaughter explored by government – Gov.uk
- Live animal export ban consultation launched – The Grocer
- Defra calls for evidence on live exports but industry warns ban would be ‘remarkably short-sighted’ – Farmer’s Guardian
- A call for evidence on controlling live exports for slaughter and to improve animal welfare during transport after the UK leaves the EU – Gov.uk
- Green Brexit: a new era for farming, fishing and the environment – Gov.uk
- Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) – Gov.uk
- Exporting animals and animal products if there’s no Brexit deal – Gov.uk