No‌ ‌Animal‌ ‌Left‌ ‌Behind:‌ ‌Why‌ ‌no‌ ‌animal‌ ‌should‌ ‌be‌ ‌transported‌ ‌alive‌ ‌


No‌ ‌Animal‌ ‌Left‌ ‌Behind:‌ ‌Why‌ ‌no‌ ‌animal‌ ‌should‌ ‌be‌ ‌transported‌ ‌alive‌ ‌

10 May 2021
Each year, more than a billion chickens, sheep, goats, horses, pigs and bovines are transported alive within the EU and to third countries. Journeys can last several days or even weeks, exposing animals to exhaustion, dehydration, injury, disease and even death. The third demand of our No Animal Left Behind campaign is for the European Commission to revise the Transport Regulation to limit as much as possible the unnecessary suffering live transport implies.

Being herded into noisy cramped trucks and driven for hours, days, even weeks is an unnatural and highly stressful experience for animals. Scientific bodies and experts are opposed to it. Animals are taken away from everything that is familiar to them, and forced to endure long periods without rest, food and water, and many arrive at their destination exhausted and injured. 

We demand that the EU bans all long distance journeys for farmed animals, and introduces bespoke rules for pigs, cattle, sheep, rabbits, chickens, and every other species to limit their suffering on all other unavoidable journeys.

The upcoming revision of the Transport Regulation provides the European Commission and the EU co-legislators a once in a lifetime opportunity to build up a sustainable food chain by: 

  • Forbidding live export to third countries
  • Forbidding  intra-EU long distance journey
  • Setting species- and category- specific requirements for the remaining journeys 

Investigations carried out by Eurogroup for Animals’ members repeatedly uncovered serious breaches of the EU Transport Regulation. Most recently, two vessels left Spain back in December 2020 and after three months at sea most of the animals were still onboard or slowly being unloaded to be killed, as their welfare and health was seriously compromised.

In the beginning of this year, Eurogroup for Animals published its White Paper on the upcoming revision of the animal welfare legislation outlining how the new Transport Regulation should adhere to the basic principles of reducing, refining and replacing live transport, whenever applicable, and put forwards species- and category-specific requirements for all the animals being transported. 

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