Animal welfare during transport

Animal welfare during transport

The European Commission launched a three-year Pilot Project aiming to improve the animal welfare during transport by developing and disseminating Guides to Good and Best Practice for the five main animal species (cattle, horses, pigs, poultry and sheep) transported within Europe and to non-EU countries for slaughter, fattening and breeding. The Project started in May 2015 and a final version of the best practices is expected to be available by mid-2017, followed by a dissemination strategy until mid-2018.

For more details please visit the Project website.

Regulation EC 1/2005 (of 22 December 2004) overhauled the previous EU rules on animal transport and defined the responsibilities of all actors involved in the transport chain. The regulation lays down rules for the transport of live vertebrate animals within the EU, including the specific checks to be carried out by officials on consignments entering or leaving the customs territory of the Union. The regulation also provides that the competent authority should carry out non-discriminatory inspections of animals, means of transport and accompanying documents.

The regulation offers more efficient monitoring tools and stricter rules for journeys exceeding 8 hours, including a substantial upgrading of vehicle standards.

Member States are required to submit to the Commission, by 30 June each year, an annual report for the previous year on the non-discriminatory inspections accompanied by an analysis of the major deficiencies. Click here to access the annual reports.

Subsequently, Commission Implementing Decision 2013/188/EU, which came into force on 1 January 2015, has established a harmonised model form for the annual reports in order to reduce the administrative burden on Member States and to provide for them to be submitted electronically to the Commission.

For full details please refer to the directives.

Transporting live animals to Turkey?

See the leaflet for drivers, on the EU rules on animal welfare during transport (available in BG, CZ, DE, FR, EN, HU and PL languages)