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15 February 2013

Importance of Access During Transport

The European legislation protecting animals during transport, EC 1/2005, states very clearly that there must be access to animals during transport in order to inspect and care for them, and that animals that fall unfit be separated or given first-aid (see page 6 of this report for exact legislative text). Upon first glance, the term “access” may seem rather vague and thus unimportant, but professional livestock drivers and welfare-inspectors with experience in the field both know that proper access to animals is one of the most important requirements for ensuring the welfare of the animals be maintained throughout the journey. Without easy access, the truck-driver is extremely limited in his ability to care for the animals he transports – (he cannot manually water and feed the animals, separate animals or give ones that fall sick or injured first-aid). The photos on the cover of this document were all taken in the past year showing animals that needed help. Some got help, as there were access doors on the vehicle. But sadly most did not and instead endured hours of suffering or died because no-one could access them. This report looks into the importance of access during transport. It challenges the EU Commission and all EU Member State authorities, in particular the Dutch authorities (where Eyes on Animals is based and where the greatest number of “closed” livestock trucks are being sold and approved at the moment) for tolerating means of transport that do not provide access to animals. It is time that the rules regarding access were made clear and enforcement of them taken seriously.
Author/Organization: Eyes on Animals
Year: 2013
Topics: legislation, livestock, pain/injury/harm, transport, welfare during transport