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May 26, 2020 - Europe Group for Animals

The Netherlands stops live export on animal welfare grounds

The Netherlands stops live export on animal welfare grounds
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A letter from the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality to the Dutch Parliament has announced that live exports of animals to non-EU countries will no longer be approved if a control post is needed.

Carola Schouten’s communication yesterday said that the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) will no longer sign off on such exports as of 26th May. The same decision has already been taken by some German Federal Ministries, among them Hessen, Bavaria, Brandenburg, Saxony, and Lower Saxony for live exports to and/or through Russia.

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