Every year, over a billion animals are transported across the EU as well as to and from EU third countries. Under current rules, pigs can be transported for 24 hours without break and cattle for 29 hours including a one hour break. This cycle can be repeated as often as it takes until the animals arrive at their final destination, to the extent that they are on the move for several days or weeks.
Farm animals suffer torment on these long journey and bad transport conditions. Crammed tightly together, the animals suffer from enormous heat or cold, thirst, hunger, stress and fear.
FOUR PAWS demands a reform of the system on a European level.
The current Portuguese Presidency of EU Council and all EU member states should finally put an end to the cruel long-distance transports and have meat and genetic material transported instead of torturing live animals.
Inadequate transport often results in serious injuries and cruel deaths. Even pregnant cows are sold as breeding animals and transported for days over several thousand kilometres. Premature births occur repeatedly during transport. In many destination countries, animal welfare standards do not apply. The animals that survive the journey to hell are milked and after they gave birth to their calves a cruel death awaits them.
Immediate measures and a change in the law are necessary to protect the animals!
The lack of controls and penalties is a systematic violation of the already lax EU regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport. The few breaks and the stocking density of the vehicles are continuously disregarded.
FOUR PAWS calls for a revision of transport regulation and immediate action to adress the worst animal welfare issues.
Our demands concerning live animal transports:
- A ban on the long-distance transports of live animals to third countries
- The dissolution (termination) of all existing agreements on the export of live animals to third countries
- Alimitation of the transport duration of live animals to a maximum of 8 hours (4 hours for poultry)
- A ban on transporting unweaned animals
- Slaughter of animals at the nearest appropriate slaughterhouse
- More unannounced checks and tougher sanctions for infringements
- A clear prohibition of transports at expected outside temperatures of extreme heat over 30°C as well as extreme cold
- Transport of meat instead of animals for slaughter
- Transport genetic material instead of breeding animals