New evidence shows that journey time limit for horses is urgency
Posted on 29/11/2011
World Horse Welfare, a horse charity dedicated to improving horse welfare, caring for horses in the UK and horses overseas, published their Dossier of Evidence for consideration by the European Commission, the Member States and the European Parliament. It makes recommendations for changes to Council Regulation (EC) No.1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations, to improve the welfare, including health, of Equidae before, during and after transportation. The Dossier also makes recommendations on guidance that should be issued in support of the Regulation.
While the first part concentrates on journey times, water provision and fitness to transport, a second part which is planned to be published in 2012, will cover issues such as space allowance, vehicle design and related issues.
As detailed in the document, the organisation is currently recommending a finite maximum journey limit of 9-12 hours without exception accross the EU, for all movements of equidae intended for slaughter and non-registered equidae transported in accordance with Council Directive 2009/156/EC on animal health conditions governing the movement and importations from third countries of equidae.
Evidence collected by World Horse Welfare demonstrates that long-distance transportation of Equidae across Europe intended for slaughter causes suffering and is unnecessary. The simple and practical solution of a maximum journey limit for Equidae intended for slaughter and non-registered Equidae, would not only reduce the current suffering but would also reduce the unacceptable disease risk that the trade creates. If this is coupled with detailed guidance and robust enforcement, it will improve equine welfare, including health, enhance traceability, reduce the legislative burden and enable more effective enforcement at a lower financial cost.
For full details, download the document in the links below.