Transport of live animals
Posted on 10/11/2011
EU rules on live animal transport need a complete overhaul - demand Eurogroup for Animals following the publication in November 2011 of a European Commission report on the impact of the Transport legislation on the sector and on the welfare of animals.
Over one million farm animals are indeed transported every day, some for several days to reach either the slaughterhouse or another farm. The present EU law is not strict enough to protect these animals and it is hardly respected. The long journeys covering many countries make it difficult for the authorities to control the quality of the transport and whether the law is being respected.
In order to better protect animals we are convinced that we need to urgently change the law, ending long distance transport once and for all and providing better conditions when limited transport is required.
We need you to raise the profile of this issue by writing to your Minister of Agriculture and your MEP, urging them to call on the European Commission to introduce new legislation as quickly as possible.
A communication package is also at your disposal in the links below. Should you have any question or need any complementary information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Video: Live animal transport compromises animal welfare
- Download the European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Opinion concerning the welfare of animals during transport