Swiss Canton denies EU slaughter transports
EU slaughter transports are to remain forbidden in
Switzerland according to the governing council of the Swiss canton Berne. The
council has urged fellow cantons to follow.
Background to the ban is the danger that pig diseases will be brought into
Switzerland as the EU transports are considered as fulfilling Swiss requirements
for animal welfare.
According to current law, transport of cows,
sheep, goats and pigs by road are banned in Switzerland. The authorities are
under pressure from the EU to lift the ban for live animals.
Swiss requirements for animal protection are extremely high. Animals can only
be transported if no harm to them can be guaranteed. The minimum amount of space
for the animals is prescribed in detail. The maximum length of transport time is
6 hours. EU law allows for a longer transport time.
A submission to the Swiss Federation council will be made to avoid a lifting
of the ban.
â€¢ Governing Council of Berne (in German)
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