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Animal Welfare

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 291552, tabled on 27 September 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the UK will be a listed country for animal health in relation to (a) ungulates, (b) equines (c) dogs, (e) cats and (f) ferrets in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Answered on

7 October 2019

i) Ungulates, Equines and commercial movement of cats, dogs and ferrets

The United Kingdom submitted its application to allow exports of live animals and animal products to the European Commission in January 2019.

The UK continues to undertake constructive engagement with the European Commission on third country listing, and has already provided the necessary assurances requested by the European Commission in order for the relevant Committee to consider listing the UK as a third country for exports of live animals and animal products. This would ensure that exports of ungulates (hoofed animals), equines and commercial movement of cats, dogs and ferrets to the EU would continue in a no deal.

The relevant Committee meeting to vote on our listed status is expected to be scheduled and meet ahead of exit date.

ii) Non-commercial movement of cats, dogs and ferrets

Non-commercial movement of cats, dogs and ferrets is covered by the EU Pet Travel Scheme which has 3 categorisations of third country: unlisted, Part 1 listed and Part 2 listed.

Third countries can apply to the European Commission to be listed under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. The United Kingdom submitted its application to allow the UK to become a Part 1 listed third country under Annex II of the EU Pet Travel Regulations to the European Commission in January 2019. It is for the Commission to consider our application for listed status. The UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme if it leaves without a deal.