Welfare group renews animal transport plea

The Eurogroup for Animals, a leading animal welfare charity, has repeated its plea for the European Commission to look at the issue of live animal transport.

Speaking at a conference as part of Vet’s Week, organised by the European Commission in Brussels, Eurogroup for Animals director Sonja Van Tichelen stressed the need for crisis prevention in the area of live transport – in a bid to help the management of disease outbreaks.

Van Tichelen said: “With one million animals on the road every day and very poor enforcement, it is time for the Commission to assess the risk of live transport for animal health.

She then went on to question the Commission on whether they will assess the issue from an animal health prevention perspective, with the Commission confirming that “the risk is indisputable” from animal transport.

“Society finds mass culling unacceptable and while vaccination can be a tool during an outbreak, it is important to look much more widely at how we deal with farm animals – breeding robust animals, providing proper housing, severely limiting both the frequency and length of journeys and the use of markets,” she added.

“We sincerely hope that we do not need another disease outbreak before the Commission dares to take brave initiatives and includes limiting animal movement in its next Animal Welfare Strategy and Animal Health law, due to be released later this year.”

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