MEPs back draft opinion for calling for improved protection of animals during transport
Posted on 08/05/2012
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee has adopted today the draft opinion by Kartika Liotard MEP on the protection of animals during transport.
The draft opinion main features include the reduction in time of transport of animals, an overall improvement of the conditions during transport, mandatory trainings for drivers and an increase of the minimum space allowances for pregnant and wounded animals.
Today’s vote sends a clear message to the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture which leads the debate on this matter that there is a strong will among a majority of MEPs to reduce animal transport wherever possible and to significantly improve the welfare conditions of animals during transport.
Eurogroup for Animals welcomes the strong stance taken by the Environment Committee and urges the European Commission and Council to come up with an ambitious full review of the current legislation addressing these concerns.