|November 23, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: The European Commission is introducing
new regulations for animal transport that focus on animal welfare
before, after and during the trips. Part of a political agreement
made by the European Council, the European Commission applauded the
regulation for increasing accountability by identifying clearly who
is responsible for what throughout the animal transport process and
introducing new, more efficient enforcement tools such as checks via
a satellite navigation system.
Animal handlers will also have to abide by stricter rules for journeys
of more than eight hours, including substantial upgrading in vehicles
standards and treatment of the animals before and after a journey,
for example at slaughterhouses or at harbors. The regulation recognizes
that most of the stress on the animals occurs around loading and
unloading and has responded accordingly. Currently about 10% of
animal transport in Europe consists of long distance transport.
“These new animal transport rules will significantly improve
animal welfare. My ambition would have been to reduce traveling
times and stocking densities further, but member states remain deeply
split on this,” said Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health
and Consumer Protection.