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Moving animals across borders

Inquiry

As a result of the UK leaving the EU and being granted “national listed status” as a third country, the movement of animals across borders faces a raft of regulation changes. This means that exports of live animals (for slaughter and fattening) from Great Britain (GB) to the EU and Northern Ireland can continue, although the Government is proposing a ban. There are also changes to the requirements for pets travelling between GB and the EU or Northern Ireland, with GB-issued pet passports no longer valid for travel. Furthermore, from July, new border controls will be put in place by the UK, requiring imported horses entering GB to go through a Border Control Post.

This inquiry scrutinises the impact of the new agreement and relationship with the EU on how animals can be moved across borders, focusing on live animal exports, equines (horses, ponies and donkeys) and domestic animals. The scope of the inquiry covers impacts on animal health including disease outbreak, economic interests, the capacity of the UK to adapt to new regulations, and the illegal movements of animals across borders.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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First Report - Moving animals across borders
Inquiry Moving animals across borders
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
HC 79
Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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29 June 2021
Inquiry Moving animals across borders
Witnesses Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
8 June 2021
Inquiry Moving animals across borders
Witnesses Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Animal and Plant Health Agency, and Border Force
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
18 May 2021
Inquiry Moving animals across borders
Witnesses Dogs Trust, Cats Protection, and RSPCA
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
maab0071 - Moving animals across borders
Witnesses Abattoirs Sector Group
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
maab0070 - Moving animals across borders
Witnesses World Horse Welfare
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
maab0065 - Moving animals across borders
Witnesses Michael Kerner
Committees Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

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