21March2019

Ireland | Grange | EU Animal Welfare Platform: Animal Transports

Calves trying to drink water from pig drinkers.

For the second time stakeholders and experts meet in Grange (DG SANTE) to discuss animal transport issues. The claims of our laywers against the EU Commission supported the focus projects on the agenda. In three working groups cattle exports, transport of unweaned calves and extreme temperatures are discussed. The platform was initiated to give advice to the Commission through information, definition and tipps for better enforcement.

A revision of the existing Regulation is not foreseen. This might be the reason why the subgroups have difficulties to prepare information on better enforcement, since the Regulation is simply not practicable in certain areas. The Regulation allows for e.g. long distance transport of unweaned calves, even though the calves can not be fed according to the requirements inside the vehicle. The next AWP-meeting on transport will be in July.