Over one billion poultry and 37 million live cattle, pigs, sheep,goatsand horses are transported across borders within the EU and to third states every year. This results in huge animal welfare problems due to lengthy transportation times and poor transport conditions. In particular, animals marked for slaughter are often transported for several days in unsuitable conditions, during which some sustain serious injuries or even die. Many animals are bred, reared and slaughtered in different locations, increasing the time that each animal spends in transport.
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- Together with other animal welfare organisations we are lobbying on a European level not only for the revision of EU animal transport regulations but above all for their consistent application.
- The governments of Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark have already called on the European Commission to revise the EU animal transport law (Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005). Sweden has also joined in calling for its amendment.
- Now it is time for the other EU governments to take a stand and put pressure on the European Commission in order to improve transport conditions and finally put an end to the long-distance transportation of live animals.
- Your purchasing habits and food choices decide day by day how animals are farmed and treated. Set a signal against live animal transport by replacing meat and animal products with plant-based alternatives as often as possible.
- When buying meat, always make sure that the animal was born, raised and slaughtered in your home country in order to avoid long-distance transportation.