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New law bans live export of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs

20 May 2024


The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed a new ban on exporting live animals which came into law today (Monday 20 May) as the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Act received Royal Assent.

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British Veterinary Association President Anna Judson said: “Whilst it’s positive to see a permanent ban on the live export of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and horses for slaughter and fattening coming into force today, there is still work to be done to ensure the welfare of the animals impacted. The new rules focus on journey times and distance travelled, however what is needed is a well-defined set of standards that ensure the welfare needs of the animals being transported are met during the whole journey, no matter the purpose of the travel.”


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