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Animal Products: Imports

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 151038, tabled on 31 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will bring forward legislative proposals to introduce an Animals Abroad Bill early in the next parliamentary session to deliver the commitments set out in its Action Plan for Animal Welfare; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

27 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. The Government is 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. Regarding both fur and foie gras, we are continuing to review the evidence and consider next steps.