Follow-up OIE event report: "Animal transport: a shared responsibility"
The theme of this year’s Forum focused on ‘Animal transport: a shared responsibility’ with the objective to provide a platform for the open and transparent exchange of ideas, experiences and specific knowledge on the welfare of animals during transport by land, sea or air and development of proposals to improve the implementation of relevant OIE international Standards. Forty participants representing OIE Members, international organisations, industry, NGOs and civil society attended this Forum.
The importance of discussing the welfare of animals during transport
Transport is an integral part of the life of animals – whether they are being transported for food, sports, research or leisure. Thousands of animals are transported every year throughout the world bringing about important challenges related to their health and welfare. An understanding of behaviour patterns of animals and appropriate handling techniques are some of the guiding principles for transport to ensure minimal adverse effects.
The welfare of animals during transport is of paramount importance and is the joint responsibility of all the actors involved, including animal owners and business agents, transport operators, drivers, pilots, captains of vessels, transport regulators and national Veterinary Services.