#StopTheTrucks ending long distance live animal transportation.

On 15/04/2016, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

Yesterday, the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met to discuss the welfare of animals transported over long distances for fattening or slaughtering purposes.

During the meeting the new MEP working group on live animal transportation was launched. This strategically important working group is chaired by MEP Maria Noichl (S&D, DE) who together with a number of high profile MEPs will support and promote measures that will ultimately lead to the much needed revision of the Transport Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005. Ms. Noichl commented “Both experience on the ground and several independent scientific bodies point towards the very severe effects of long distance live animals transportation and over the years it has become very clear that the Transport Regulation has not managed to properly secure the health and welfare of animals during transport, as responsible legislators both Member States and the EU have a duty to prepare a revision of the current Transport Regulation”

During the meeting which was dedicated to long distance transport of live animals, Pernille Fraas Johnson, the Senior Adviser Farming from Dyrenes Beskyttelse, presented the Pan-European campaign launched by Eurogroup for Animals #StopTheTruck: Each year at least 1 billion poultry and 37 million live cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and equines are transported within the EU and to third countries, this campaign is intended to put the subject of long distance live animal transport back on the political agenda and urges all governments to support the request for revision as proposed by Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.

Dr Alexander Rabitsh, DMV, presented Animals’ Angels new book “Myth of Enforcement” and taking into account the relevant FVO mission reports to the Member States, he illustrated why, under the current Regulation 1/2005 it has been, it is and it will remain impossible to improve enforcement to an extent that could guarantee an acceptable level of animal protection during transport: “Enforcement is and remains important, but in order to be successful it must go hand in hand with a Regulation that is clear to implement and enforce”.

A recently published dossier, collecting the results of 352 investigations carried out on live animal transporter from the EU to Turkey, was presented by Ms. Sabrina Gurtner, project manager at Tierschutzbund Zürich: Ms Gurtner commented that “247 of the inspected animal transporters (70 %) were found to have committed one or several infringements against the EU Transport Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 and these are no random incidents of individual transport companies, but rather systematic violations”. Investigations have been systematically undertaken from 2010 to 2015.


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