Extracts from the handover of a petition on animal transport to Androulla Vassiliou by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
End production: 26/02/2009 First transmission: 26/02/2009
A coalition of Animal Welfare groups headed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) handed 150.000 signatures to Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, on 26 February 2009. They are calling on the European Commission to end the long distance that animals are being transported in Europe.
Androulla Vassiliou said that the Commission was well aware of the problems of animal suffering and non-compliance identified by NGOs and the FVO and shared the view of the petitioners that the correct implementation of the EU legislation on animal transport is a priority. She made a commitment that the Commission would consider the possibility before the end of this mandate to review certain elements of the regulation.
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||Handing over by representatives of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) of a petition on animal transport to Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, and handshakes
||Meah Leah Gartéf, Programme Director at WSPA, (in ENGLISH) saying that the WSPA is presenting the Commissioner with a 150.000 signatures from people from all over Europe; saying that every year some 360 million farm animals are criss-crossed around Europe and 6 million of those are going very long distances, some up to 90 hours; and we all know the results of that: enduring horrific conditions, stress and injury and many of them often dying in the process.
||Meah Leah Gartéf (in ENGLISH) saying that they are there respectfully to strongly urge the Commission to revise the regulation and set short finite journey limits for all farm animals; they come on the back of decades of information and of campaigning being done on this issue; this is not a new call to action; the evidence and the recommendations are widely acknowledged; the science is clear.
||Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH) saying that, as the campaign has rightly noted, the EU has more comprehensive legislation for animal welfare during transport than anywhere else in the world; and the regulation 1/2005 lays out a number of important welfare measures during transport; however, the Commission is well aware of the problems of animal suffering and non-compliance identified by NGOs and the FVO and shares the view of the petitioners that the correct implementation of the EU legislation on animal transport is a priority.
||Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH) saying that the ultimate aim is to ensure better enforcement of EU legislation and to better protect the health and welfare of the animals concerned; saying that she has made a commitment that the Commission would consider the possibility, before the end of this mandate, to review certain elements of the CAN regulation that make its proper enforcement difficult and that are not in line with scientific advice like travel times and space allowance; in recent months, her services have been assessing the possible social and economic impacts of different options for a possible revision.