Three MPs have called on the government to formulate measures that end the live export of sheep from the UK to the continent on animal welfare grounds.

The MPs, David Taylor (Lab. North West Leics), Gwyn Proser (Lab. Dover) and Lindsay Hoyle (Lab. Chorley) proposed the Early Day Motion on Tuesday (11 Oct).

In their EDM the MPs acknowledge that the EU is likely to lift the ban on live cattle exports in the near future.

Fearing that this change in the law may lead to the resumption in exports of live calves to the continent for veal the government is also urged to pressure the dairy industry not to succumb to this temptation.

In a separate motion Eddie McGrady (SDLP, South Down, NI) has called for the creation of legislation making the mistreatment of animals a criminal offence. 

To support his motion he notes that the RSPCA has reported a 78% increase in the number of cases reported to it involving animal abuse over the last 12 months.  But it is not known how muchof this increase is related to farmerd animals.