A number of constituents have written to me asking for a ban on live animal exports. Here are my views:
I have been asked my views on live animals being exported for fattening, which will ultimately be slaughtered and might present a legal loophole for any proposed bans on live exports for slaughter.
With new trade deals on the horizon and the UK no longer subject to EU-wide rules on animal welfare, we must ensure there are comprehensive regulations in place to ensure the UK has equal and better animal welfare standards going forward. I am committed to promoting best practice in cruelty-free animal husbandry and to ensuring better enforcement of agreed standards.