Eurogroup for Animals’ #StopTheTrucks campaign has received overwhelming support, exceeding its target of 1 million signatures to call for an end to long distance live animal transportation.
The campaign was launched on the backdrop of an Eurobarometer survey showing that a staggering 94 percent of European citizens believe that protecting the welfare of farm animals is important. Every year at least 1 billion poultry and 37 million live cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and equines are transported alive within the European Union (EU) and to Third countries. 
Despite widespread public support and scientific evidence to change the law which governs live animal transportation over the past years, the EU has remained unchanged in its view that there is no need to revise the law as “a steady legal situation will allow EU member states and stakeholders to focus on enforcement within a stable legal framework.” 
#StopTheTrucks, which calls on EU decision makers to reduce and ultimately end long distance live animal transportation, exposed the many shortcomings of the current live animal transportation rules, which leave many animals unprotected, sick or dead during transport. This campaign gives a clear signal to the EU to end long distance transportation of live animals as the only way to improve animal welfare.
Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals, says:
“#StopTheTrucks has exposed the inhumane conditions of animals transported alive. The EU cannot ignore over 1 million signatures from European citizens who want to see an end to the unnecessary pain and suffering of animals in live transport. Currently, the EU Transport Regulation compromises animal welfare. Now is the time for the Commission to step up its game and stop the inhumane trade of live animals.”
Earlier this year, MEPs, member state and Commission officials reacted to compelling footage released by the campaign, showing breaches of European animal welfare law and international agreements concerning live animal transport from the EU to Turkey, the Middle East and northern Africa, as well as their slaughter. The investigation reveals a failure by EU officials to monitor live animal export within and across EU borders. 
MEPs reacted with an official call to the European Parliament for an inquiry into this illegal, unnecessary and immoral treatment of animals. This official inquiry should deliver clear recommendations on what should be done to stop this happening.
Later this year, the #StopTheTrucks signatures will be handed over to the European Commission as a further signal that action needs to be taken to end long distance live animal transportation.
Francesca Porta, Programme Officer, Farm animals, Eurogroup for Animals, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +32 2 740 08 28
Lucy Mathieson, Communications Officer, Eurogroup for Animals, Email: email@example.com,
Tel: +32 27400825
Notes to Editors
- Stop The Trucks was launched in Spring 2016. In line with FVE, OIE, FAO, EFSA recommendations Stop the Trucks called for the introduction of a maximum journey time in the EU Transport Regulation and to replace the transport of live animals with the trade of meat and carcasses only. Stop the Trucks was actively promoted by 35 organisations around the EU.
- COM/2011/0700 final */ REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the impact of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport
- Eurogroup for Animals press release http://www.eurogroupforanimals.org/meps-call-official-ep-inquiry-damning-investigations-reveal-barbaric-treatment-european-exported-livestock
Eurogroup for Animals represents 55 animal advocacy organisations in 24 EU member states, the USA, Australia, Serbia and Norway. Since its inception in 1980, the organisation has succeeded in encouraging the EU to adopt higher legal standards for animal protection. Eurogroup for Animals reflects public opinion through its membership organisations’ affiliations across the Union, and has both the scientific and technical expertise to provide authoritative advice on issues relating to animal welfare. For more information, please visit www.eurogroupforanimals.org. Follow us on Twitter @Act4AnimalsEU and like us on Facebook