Puppy smuggling and live animal exports: Ministers to be questioned
24 June 2021
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee is to hold its final evidence session of its inquiry into Moving animals across borders.
- Parliament TV: Pet smuggling
- Inquiry: Moving animals across borders
- Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Likley topics for discussion
In this session, MPs question Defra Minister Lord Benyon on evidence heard so far regarding the movement of pets, equines and agricultural animals between the UK and the EU following the end of the transition period.
Likely topics for discussion include recent Government announcements of new restrictions on puppy smuggling, and whether these go far enough, and if current and future rules will be properly enforced.
The Committee is also likely to press on the new barriers to moving animals between Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a result of Brexit, and the Government’s proposals to ban live animal exports for slaughter and fattening.
Tuesday 29 June 2021
- The Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Gareth Baynham Hughes, Director of Animal and Plant Health, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs