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This consultation ended 28 January 2021.

Consultation period:
3 December 2020 to 28 January 2021
Last updated:

Summary of outcome

The summary of responses is now available on

Original consultation

We are consulting jointly with the UK government on proposals to end the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening where the journeys begin or transit through England or Wales.

Consultation description

Live animals commonly have to endure long journeys during exports, causing distress and injury. Leaving the EU has enabled the UK government to pursue new proposals which would prevent unnecessary suffering.

We also want your views on proposals to further improve general animal welfare in transport, including:

  • reduced maximum journey times
  • animals to be given more space and headroom
  • stricter rules on transporting in extreme heat or cold
  • tighter rules for transporting animals by sea.

The consultation is led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

This consultation is being held on GOV.UK