Welfare Charity Welcomes UK Stance on Animals Moving to Slaughter
in the EU
a televised debate on animal welfare at yesterday's (Monday 23 September)
EU Agriculture Council, Margaret Beckett, DEFRA Secretary of State
pushed for shorter journey times for animals moving to slaughter
in the EU. She went on to say that they should be introduced without
The UK is pushing for a maximum journey time of 8 hours, with some
exceptions, and the ILPH (International League for the Protection
of Horses) welcomes this stance. Says Jo White, Campaigns Manager
at the ILPH, "We are extremely pleased that the Government
wants to see a reduction in the maximum journey time for animals
travelling to slaughter from the present 24 to 28 hours which we
feel is totally unacceptable."
The Secretary of State went on to say that there was a need to improve
third country (countries outside the EU) standards too.
Comments Keith Meldrum, ILPH Political Adviser, "We totally
support the view that third country welfare standards with regard
to animal transportation need to be improved.
"At present there is no requirement to record the date and
time of loading. Neither is there any requirement for rest, feed,
or water on the journey. The ILPH is actively campaigning for the
adoption of a compulsory 24 hour rest, with food and water, for
all equines intended for slaughter, on entering the EU - and their
onward journey only to
be allowed after a veterinary inspection has passed them fit to
"We eagerly await the Commission's proposal for a new Welfare
Transport Directive which is due to be published later this year."