Exportation of Livestock and other Animals from the UK
Exportation of animals, to preserve bloodlines, enrich bloodlines (i.e. for breeding purposes) and for pet or working reasons appears to be a legitimate exercise. However, it is purely for man's own ends, so the welfare of the animals in transit must be very carefully overseen.
There are regulations governing the crossing of national boundaries and these must be observed. Asking DEFRA in advance of any plans is a wise precaution, to ensure timely compliance with all applicable regulations, relevant to the species involved. It is very bad for the animals in question, if they begin their journey only to be held up or sent back, due to incomplete paperwork or procedures.
Exportation of calves for rearing in the veal trade is not in keeping with our UK welfare regulations and public expectations.
Exportation of live animals for slaughter is most definitely not in keeping with the public perception of animal welfare, yet it is sadly still permitted, at the time of writing.