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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02053: Christine Grahame (Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 25 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will ban the export of live animals for slaughter.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 3 May 2018

As I stated in the response to your oral question of 6 February 2018 there is currently no export of live animals to continental Europe for the purpose of slaughter from Scotland. And as I have also made clear previously, the Scottish Government is committed to the welfare of all animals during transport, whether within the United Kingdom or for export purposes. Animals should be exported only in line with strict welfare standards, which ensure freedom from harm and sufficient rest and nourishment.

The UK Government has issued a call for evidence on this issue and we have supported that call but reiterated and reserved our position of not making any changes to current EU legislation that could disadvantage Scottish agriculture.