Almost all farm animals will be transported at some point in their lives. Some animals are transported to different areas of the country or to different farms or buildings to fit in with the changing seasons or their stages of growth. Some farm animals are also transported to livestock markets to be sold, and most are eventually transported to an abattoir (slaughterhouse) to be slaughtered/killed.

If animal welfare is not a priority during live transport, there can be a high risk of animal suffering. The handling during loading onto and unloading from vehicles can be stressful, and during transport animals may be faced with strange sights, movements, noises, smells and unfamiliar animals.

Heat stress, lack of good ventilation and long periods without food, water or rest can add to the welfare problems.

Zero tolerance to welfare breaches at the ports

We believe that live transportation must be kept to a minimum. Animals should be slaughtered close to the farms where they were reared and long-distance transportation of livestock for slaughter should be replaced with a ‘meat carcass-only’ trade.

During transport, higher welfare standards should be used and the animals looked after by competent and caring staff.

We are working in a number of different ways to improve the conditions in which all animals are transported.

The Campaign

Every year millions of animals including calves, sheep, dogs and horses are transported all over the EU.

Since the live export trade from Ramsgate re-opened in 2011 many thousands of animals including calves, sheep and horses have suffered being shipped overseas through its port. We’re monitoring the trade from Ramsgate and have concerns on the boat being used. We’re urging the government not to issue licenses if there are concerns that transport times laid down in law will be broken. We want to see:

  • An end to long-distance transport of live animals in favour of a ‘carcass-only’ trade
  • maximum eight-hour journey time for all animals travelling for slaughter or ‘further fattening’
  • Better enforcement of the current rules on live transport across the EU – including more frequent and thorough checks.

How can I help?

We’re outraged that the European Commission has rejected the ‘8 hours’ petition with over 1 million signatures against long distance live transport. Take action now and urge the Commission to accept the signatures and act on this urgent issue!

Petition Link:-http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/farm/livetransport/takeaction

News Link:http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/farm/livetransport/-/article/CAM_livetransportation