EU: animal transport temperature debate
Within the European Union a discussion is going on about minimum and maximum
temperatures when transporting live animals.
The Commission is said to be aiming at determining maximum and minimum
outside temperatures for every animal and age - be it cattle, pigs or
companies in the transport industry have already expressed their worries that
some transport might not be allowed as a whole during several parts of the year
would these proposals turn into law.
Animal welfare organisations have been urging these kinds of
measures for a long time - they prefer animal transports to be restricted to
meat transports as much as possible.
The European Livestock and
Meat Trading Union does not agree - as the association does not understand why
rules during transports need to be stricter than on-farm rules.
discussion about animal transports is an ongoing one. As from January 5th, EU
has stepped up its rules for animal transports.
The rules apply to vehicles
transporting animals for a period longer than eight hours.
New rules include:
â€¢ Presence of climatising
â€¢ Presence of drinking equipment
â€¢ No transport of animals in the latest part of gestation
â€¢ No transport of newly-born animals
â€¢ Certification for those responsible for animal
Installation of a GPS
â€¢ European Union
â€¢ European Livestock and Meat Trading Union
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