Protest against lifting of Swiss animal transport ban
Together with the Swiss Animal Protection
(STS) the Agricultural Centre Switzerland is protesting against a proposed
lifting of the international animal transport ban through
"The agricultural industry has put great effort in
enhancing animal welfare and disease control in the last couple of years. It
would be a shame to put this thorough disease control at risk," said Joseph
Kunz, vice-president for the Agricultural Centre. "In the EU some diseases,
which have already been eradicated in Switzerland, could still be a problem.
Farmers are not keen on taking the risk with these animal transports," Kunz
Hans-Ulrich Huber said approximately 30 million head of cattle, pigs and sheep
are transported through the whole of Europe, in which 'extreme distances' of
1,500 and 2,500 km and up until 90 hours are not uncommon. For this, the animals
could be squeezed into large lorries. "We are collaborating with this when these
lorries are allowed through Switzerland," Huber said.
In case the transport ban will be cancelled, a public initiative will be
ignited, Huber said, since research revealed that the majority of the Swiss
public is favouring the ban.
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