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EDM (Early Day Motion) 309A1: tabled on 31 January 1996

Tabled in the 1995-96 session.

This motion has been signed by 14 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Elliot Morley on 18 January 1996. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from `House' to end and add `congratulates the Government on securing a Europe-wide agreement on the transport of live animals; understands that it will, for the first time, impose maximum journey times and improved standards on the live export trade; believes that this agreement proves that animal welfare is best dealt with at a European level; deplores the wholly irresponsible plans of the Labour Party to impose unilateral burdens on British farmers including a ban on the live export of calves; believes that such burdens do nothing to improve animal welfare standards across Europe and simply put British jobs at risk; finds Labour's policy particularly surprising since it was the last Labour Government which reintroduced the live export trade; and calls upon Labour to abandon this damaging and hypocritical policy.'.

Original motion text

That this House believes that the live export trade frequently imposes great suffering on the animals involved; is concerned that many animals are transported over extremely long distances in overcrowded trucks, often being deprived of food and water even during journeys of 30 hours or more; notes that University of Bristol scientists have concluded that transport is a stressful process for sheep and that transport distance and transport times should be kept to a minimum; believes that a trade which regularly imposes suffering on animals has no legitimate part to play in a civilised society and accordingly that the export of live animals for slaughter from the United Kingdom should be brought to an end and replaced by meat exports; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to urge the United Kingdom's EU partners to replace long distance live transport throughout the EU with a trade in meat.