Eustice told Times Radio during an interview that the UK government is launching an eight-week consultation on the plan, which is said to include measures to cut the amount of time animals spend in trucks within the UK. A package of reforms is then expected to come to Parliament next summer. Current EU trading rules allow for animals to be transported abroad for slaughter. The consultation is also to look at further elements of animal welfare in transport, such as reducing maximum journey times, giving animals more space and headroom during transport, and stricter rules on transporting animals in extreme temperatures or by sea. Around £200 million (US$269 million) of fur products are said to be imported into the UK every year, mainly from the European Union.
The UK’s transition period with the EU will end on January 1, 2021.