Protection of animals during transport: - extracts from the report Janusz R WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR, PL)(recorded on Tuesday 11/12) - extracts from the vote

Type: News   Reference: 89776   Duration: 00:04:06  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 12/12/2012   First transmission: 12/12/2012
MEPs adopted today a resolution to improve transport conditions for animals in the EU. Maximum transportation time should be reduced to 8 hours, with exception for peripherical areas and islands. Too long transportation not only is unacceptable disrespect for the pain and fear endured by cattle, but also harms the meat quality bvecause of the stress toxines released by animals, and participate to the concentration of meat transformation industry. Reducing animal transportation shall help to counter the decline of small, local abattoirs.

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00:00:00 TITLE 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (Polish) Janusz R.WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR, PL) English translation : "We are living in the Europe of the 21st century, we are not barbarians but we are civilized people living in a civilized society. And that means that we've got to take into account animal wellfare because animals feel pain and fear. We have got to treat them with dignity, they are living beings. In the European union we have some regulations governing animal transport, and that is what we are talking about today. We have received a report from the European Commission on these animals, we are talking about 4 millions head of cattle, more than 250 000 horses are also transported around Europe, 2/3 of these journeys last for longer than 8 hours and the number of animals transported with the exception of horses is running up year on year and the distance covered longer and longer and it's very difficult to control and inspect these journeys effectively." 00:01:05
00:01:15 SOUNDBITE (Polish) Janusz R.WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR, PL) English translation : "If the journey lasts for less time, then we are doing for animal welfare, and it also means that meat will be of better quality because it is very well known that if an animal is very stressed when it is slaughtered, certain toxins will be released and that those toxins we will find them in meat later. Now as regards the costs for transport, well shorter travelling times will be better for farmers because they will not have to pay so much in transportation and that will also be reflected in the end price of the product. There is also going to be less or fewer emissions, we will also be able to promote the processing of animal meat closer to the breeding location and that should be good news for the processing industry so we should be moving towards decentralisation of that processing activity." 00:00:50
00:02:05 SOUNDBITE (Polish) Janusz R.WOJCIECHOWSKI (ECR, PL) English translation : "We've got to think about our citizens as well, and their wishes, One million European citizens have signed up a petition asking for a limit to be set to transport time, so we cannot just ignore these sentiments that are felt by our citizens." 00:00:15
00:02:20 SOUNDBITE (English) Tonio BORG, European Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy : "The Commission reports on animal transport adopted in November 2011 showed an improvement in animal welfare following the implementation of regulation 2005. However, the situation could and should have been better, and owing to poor enforcement there is clearly still room for improvement within the framework of the current legislation. " 00:00:26
00:02:46 SOUNDBITE (English) Tonio BORG, European Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy : "One of the most contentious issue is the maximum transport time. One of the conclusions to be drawn from the most recent AFSA opinion on animal transport is that there is no scientifically justification to introduce an 8 hours transport time for all species under all conditions. Indeed we must all take all aspects of the journey into account." 00:00:23
00:03:09 SOUNDBITE (English) Tonio BORG, European Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy : "In addition I do not share the view that current EU legislation on hygiene and animal welfare can be held directly responsible for increasing the long distance transport of animals. The legislation allows for sufficient flexibility for smaller and mobile slaughter houses to remain economically viable while respecting the EU rules on both hygiene and animal welfare;" 00:00:25
00:03:34 Chair opening the vote : 2 shots 00:00:07
00:03:41 Close shot on Rapporteur. 00:00:03
00:03:44 Large shots on voting proceeding : 3 shots 00:00:06
00:03:50 Roll-call vote, close shot. 00:00:01
00:03:51 Voting : 2 shots 00:00:12
00:04:03 Announcement of the vote : adopted. 00:00:03
00:04:06 END 00:00:00
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