Animal welfare during transport

Animal welfare during transport

In 2015, the European Commission launched a three-year Pilot Project aiming to improve animal welfare during transport by developing and disseminating Guides to Good and Best Practice for the transport of the main livestock species.

In September 2017, the contractor of the project published five extensive guides to good practices (only in English) as well as 17 technical fact sheets focusing on the most practical information in A4 format. Fact sheets are available in eight EU languages (English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish).

Furthermore, this publication is followed by a road show in eight Member States from August to November 2017, in order to present the guidelines to the professionals concerned (transporters, drivers, farmers, official veterinarians, etc.). The project will also produce also five videos (one per species in eight languages) from October 2017.

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)