Eleven EU-Member States vote for suspension of animal transports during summer
During the AGRIFISH meeting of Agricultural Ministers on 15th of July in Brussels the issue of long distance transport during hot summer months was discussed. Of the member states, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Hungary, Slovenia and Cyprus were in favour of suspending live animal transports when external temperatures are above 30°C, or are already doing so. The Member States of France, Spain, UK, Portugal and Bulgaria were neutral and regrettably, Romania was not open to discussing any actions.
Already in 2017 the Animal Welfare Foundation sent a complaint against Romania to the EU Commission concerning systematic breaches of the EU Regulation for the protection of animals during transport. The complaint is still pending. We will take again legal steps against Romania , that approved sea transport of 70.000 romanian sheep despite the warnings of the EU Commission.