Export refunds continue to cause animal suffering
Posted on 21/10/2011
Eurogroup for Animals is extremely shocked by figures published by the European Commission which show the recovery of export refunds for live animal export to third countries. Despite these animals being considered by the Commission as high value breeding animals which are transported in very good conditions they continue to be found dead on arrival, and give birth or abort during transport. This is deplorable and the use of export refunds should be stopped and animals recognised as sentient beings and not objects.
The number of refund payments recovered doubled between 2009 and 2010 with 2149 animals affected in 2010, including 48 animals who died unnecessarily. This shows that the transport of these animals is certainly not as good as the Commission states and it needs to be stopped. To find out more on the issue you can read the Commission’s Report to the European Council available in the links below.