On-Line Consultation on Animal Transportation Supports Welfare
of EC consultations on the transportation of animals announced last
Monday clearly call for improved welfare conditions for all animals
on their final journey to the slaughterhouse.
In his address to the EC Agricultural Council on 16 December Commissioner
David Byrne said that the messages coming across from their consultations
organisations and the public, via the EC website, were that "maintaining
the status quo was not acceptable and that weaknesses in the current
legislation must be
Over 4,000 people responded to the on-line consultation and the
vast majority demanded better regulation on space allowances and
on the standards of transportation. At the same time, stricter conditions
for the approval of transporters were called for - as well as a
harmonised licensing system for drivers.
Comments Keith Meldrum, ILPH (International League for the Protection
of Horses) Adviser on European Affairs, "It is indeed very
encouraging that so many EU citizens positively responded to the
Commission's obvious desire to improve animal welfare conditions
during their transport to slaughter.
"We fully endorse Commissioner Byrne when he says, "Legislation,
on its own, is largely meaningless if the time, effort and resources
are not invested in its implementation."
Continues Keith Meldrum, "We look forward to seeing the draft
proposal when it is published in the Spring."