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UK set to ban exporting live animals for slaughter after announcing major review

Latest figures from 2016 show that each year more than 4,000 sheep are transported to Europe for slaughter.

JOE WATTS: ‘The UK has moved towards a ban on exporting live animals for slaughter after announcing a major review of laws regulating their transport. Environment secretary Michael Gove said that once Britain leaves the EU, the country could ban the export of thousands of live farm animals to mainland Europe. The policy would enjoy support from campaign groups pushing for a broad ban, amid rising anger over animals suffering terrible health problems and death as they are taken in trucks across the continent…

Launching a six-week consultation on the exports ban, the cabinet minister said: “All animals deserve to get the respect and care they deserve at every stage of their lives”… Latest figures from 2016 show that each year more than 4,000 sheep are transported to Europe for slaughter, making up the majority of livestock taken abroad… Dr Marc Cooper, head of the RSPCA’s farm animals department, said the charity had been calling for a ban on all live exports for decades, including on the transport of livestock for “production” or fattening’. SOURCE…

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