All animals deserve to be respected and cared for at every stage of their lives. I welcome that the UK has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world.
However, as you will be aware, legislation surrounding this topic is devolved to Scotland. The Scottish Government has indicated that it will not ban live animal exports. The transport of animals within the UK from remote areas and islands, where access to local markets or abattoirs is limited, is a regular and important feature of livestock production. There are robust regulations in place for this, namely the Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005, to ensure that the highest standards of animal welfare are maintained. As such, the Scottish Conservatives do not believe that this requires further regulation.
On the whole, I agree with the NFUS that while animals should be reared as close to origin as practical, if animals are to live a productive life then safe and humane transport to other countries should be a legitimate option.