Piglet exports from Denmark have been cancelled after the Danish ministry of consumer and family affairs withdrew the gathering permit for two export companies.
Minister Carina Christensen explained the measure because the transporting companies (Niels Vinderslev and Henrik Westergaard) had broken the rules for transports. Christensen said this was proven by a television report by the broadcasting company DR.
In Northern Germany, the transporters had loaded slaughter sows from Denmark in different carriages. This was their way to deal with the requirement that sows for slaughter can only be transported for a maximum of eight hours.
There are many protests against this requirement, which is possibly not in accordance with EU legislation.
Together, both transport organisations transported 4.6 million animals last year, mostly piglets for the German market.
â€¢ Niels Vinderslev
â€¢ European Union
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