End to transport of pigs over long distances
Dutch animal welfare organisations are beginning a
campaign today against the transport of animals over long distances, which they
believe, is not possible without suffering, according to Dutch newspaper,
The Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals (Dierenbescherming), Animals
and Justice (Dier en Recht) and the World Society for the Protection of Animals
(WSPA) are calling for an alternative to transportation - namely, slaughtering
nearer to the farm.
An online petition is available from today, which will be forwarded to the
Sandra Albers, director of WSPA in the Netherlands, believes that it is high
time for change. "What animals go through during unnecessary transportation on a
yearly basis, is unacceptable in the 21st Century. European rules are frequently
not adhered to in practice and there are hardly any controls. Outside Europe,
the situation is even worse."
Every year, around 2 million pigs are transported from the Netherlands to
Spain and Italy. Around 1.6m young pigs are sent abroad to be finished. In
addition, pigs are transported from Germany to the Netherlands to be
slaughtered, even when they were originally transported from the Netherlands to
Germany as piglets.
The Dutch parliament (Tweede Kamer) has taken a worried stance in the
last while in relation to livestock transport. In mid-March, the results of a
study on the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (VWA), which
controls transportation of animals among other things, is to reveal some
shortcomings in the Authority's working methods.
â€¢ WSPA (in Dutch)
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