Several EU countries for better animal welfare during transport | Free press

Everyone has probably seen some of the scandalous photos before. Animals often die cruelly during transport. There are currently efforts in the EU to put an end to this.


Germany and other EU countries are demanding a reduction in animal transport times. This follows from a position paper that was presented at the meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels on Monday. According to the initiative, animal transport times should be limited to a maximum of eight hours, said Federal Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir.

“We have some scandalous photos that rightly outrage our population,” said the green politician. Animals are sentient beings. “Pictures of dead and injured animals are there
unbearable”. Animal welfare ministers in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden are calling for a revision of several EU animal welfare laws.

Also, prohibitions are not excluded

This includes, for example, more detailed calculations of the places of animals in transporters and better animal welfare for calves that are still dependent on mother’s milk. In addition, some transports are to be completely banned. According to the position paper, how it will be specifically equipped should be analyzed in more detail.

Until now, the transport of animals, e.g. pigs in specially equipped vehicles, was allowed for a maximum of 24 hours, provided that water was always available. For cattle, sheep and goats, a maximum of 28 hours of driving is allowed, with an hour’s break for drinking.

For the animal protection organization Four Paws, the initiative does not go far enough. “It has been proven that exporting animals from the EU and transporting live animals within the EU very often lead to severe animal suffering,” said the spokesman. Transport of live animals to countries outside the EU should therefore be abolished. “There should be no exceptions as there is a risk that animals will be exported to other, prohibited third countries by permitted countries.” (dpa)

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