“I have received the letter below from The Rt Hon The Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park, Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, regarding a public consultation on ending the export of live animals for fattening and slaughter.

The Government is keen to implement this idea, however, many are concerned about this policy in the farming sector, particularly regarding the effect it could have on the price of lamb.

I wanted to ensure you were aware that the consultation is now open and it runs until 28 January 2021.

If you feel strongly about this proposed change in legislation and would like to contribute, please do so through the link I have included below.

https://consult.defra.gov.uk/transforming-farm-animal-health-and-welfare-team/improvements-to-animal-welfare-in-transport/

I have concerns about this policy but at this stage it is open to all of us to feed into the consultation.

I don’t want anybody to feel that they were not included or that they did not have their say.

If you have any further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office.”