The Earl of Selkirk
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the export of live animals for food is regulated by British or European controls, and what are the existing regulations.
Transport of animals within this country and to other member states is regulated by Directive 91/628/EEC on the protection of animals during transport, which is implemented by the Welfare of Animals during Transport Order 1992 (SI 1992 No. 3304). The directive provides for further detailed Community rules, pending the adoption of which member states may apply national rules in the areas concerned. The United Kingdom has taken advantage of this provision by maintaining certain national rules, in particular a maximum interval of 15 hours for feeding and watering animals in transport.