Serhat TUNAR -TDO- The UK Government is preparing to ban the export of live animals to slaughterhouses and fattening centres in different countries. Following the ban, the UK will become the first European country to ban live animal exports.
According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the new law will ensure the UK becomes a world leader in animal welfare.
A ministry statement said: "live animals are often forced to endure extremely long journeys when they are exported abroad. They are a source of serious distress to animals and can physically injure them. So far, the European Union's rules have prevented these journeys from changing. By withdrawing from the European Union, the UK government can now choose its own laws."
According to Defra data, 6,400 animals were sent to slaughter from the UK to European countries in 2018. However, it was decided to continue exporting live animals from Northern Ireland, which complies with European Union animal welfare laws.