PLANS have been revealed to ban the export of live animals from England and Wales for slaughter and fattening.
The Government wishes to strengthen the UK’s position as a world leader on animal welfare.
An estimated 6,400 animals were exported to Europe for slaughter in 2018, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
The EU’s trading rules on the export of animals, and the National Farmers’ union lobbying to continue live exports has enabled this cruel practice for so long. Live animals often have to endure excessively long journeys during exports, causing distress and injury.