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Elephants: Animal Welfare

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 145881, tabled on 23 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Government plans to bring forward its proposed Animals Abroad Bill; and whether that proposed legislation will include a ban on the advertising and offering for sale of attractions, activities or experiences such as low welfare elephant venues.

Answered on

1 April 2022

As set out in the Government’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare, we are committed to promoting high animal welfare standards both at home and abroad. This includes delivering a range of measures to promote the welfare of animals beyond UK borders, setting a global example for high welfare and conservation standards.

We are moving forward with our plans to deliver one of the toughest bans in the world on the import of hunting trophies from thousands of endangered and threatened species. We are firmly committed to the ban, and this will be brought forward as soon as Parliamentary time allows. We are also looking at further measures to protect animals abroad, including banning the import and export of detached fins, and taking action against low welfare animal experiences.