Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill in regards to Live Animal Export (May 2023)

Thank you for taking the time to write to me regarding live animal exports.

The Kept Animals Bill, introduced in June 2021, was designed to implement several of the Government’s ambitions for animal welfare. This included banning the live exports of animals, seeking to prevent pet theft, and new measures to tackle livestock worrying. I am aware that the Bill’s multi-issue nature means that there has been considerable scope-creep, and the Bill risks being extended far beyond the original commitments in the Conservative Manifesto that I was elected on, as well as and the Action Plan for Animal Welfare.

Therefore, the Government will now be taking forward measures in the Kept Animals Bill individually during the remainder of the Parliament.

I am assured that the Government remains fully committed to delivering its manifesto commitments on animal welfare.


I hope this provides some reassurance and clarity for you.


Yours sincerely,