EU Lawmakers Say Bloc Should Consider Animal Transport Rules

The European Union should do more to improve transport conditions for livestock by adopting journey time limits or supporting more local slaughter facilities, a European Parliament committee said.

The EU should consider a measure that would bar transporting live animals on journeys longer than eight hours, while allowing for “geographical and science-based exceptions for certain species,” according to a statement e-mailed today by the EU Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development committee. Space allowances and water conditions during transportation also should be considered, it said.

Enforcement of existing animal welfare legislation and penalties for rule breakers should be streamlined across member states, and more on-the-spot inspections should be carried out, the committee said. Transportation of pigs within the EU rose 70 percent from 2005 to 2009, and about one-third of the journeys are longer than eight hours, according to the statement.

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