Some Lie Dying – Please Sign the 8 Hour Rule For Live Transport

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“Following on from the previous post, this was filmed in 2010! Not much has changed has it, yet we were promised the animals would be better cared for, hence this video…I don’t see that do you? Please read the letter below then go to the link to sign it, 8 hours live transport, would you be thirsty & hungry??  If so, please sign below!”

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Each year millions of sheep, pigs and cattle are transported across Europe, often on extremely long journeys.
© http://www.ciwf.org.uk/ 
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Please support the 8 hour rule:-http://www.8hours.eu/8hours_en

Why 8 Hours?

Every year millions of animals are transported along European highways, and too often under unacceptable conditions.

In 2002, the European Commission‘s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare published the report “The Welfare of Animals during Transport” concluding that animal transports, as a ground rule, should be as short as possible. This recommendation is, however, not reflected in the current EU legislation.

Read more about the current EU legislation here .

According to current legislation animal transports up to several days are acceptable as long as the haulier fulfills simple demands concerning e.g. rest, feeding and watering of the animals. We do not think this is acceptable.

For a long time, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, concerned citizens and politicians have argued that something has to be done. Animals for slaughter should never be transported for more than eight hours.

– Most of what you see in the video is illegal in the EU – Yet it goes on, education & awareness is the only thing that will help these sentient beings. Please sign the petition for the 8 hour ruling…this is the letter, you just have to sign it at the link below or here:- http://www.8hours.eu/letter_to_dalli/  2 minutes of your time could save 2 million animals from suffering, please sign it for the animals.”

Dear Commissioner John Dalli

On the 8hours website I listened to your statement in which, on Thursday 7 June 2012, you announced that ‘by 2014 the Commission will publish a legislative proposal’. This proposal, according to what you said, would include animal transport. As you told the delegation of MEPs and animal welfare organisations in the meeting that preceded the hand-in of the 1,103,248 signatures of the 8hours petition, this proposal should lead to reductions in transport times too. You know that such steps are necessary, and you publicly affirmed in the press conference conference on that same day that ‘some species of animals require a much lower figure than 8 hours’. 

You then denied your own words less than a week later! 

How can European citizens trust their institutions if their opinion – and that of their elected representatives – can be so blatantly disregarded, and if there are even attempts to claim that those words were never pronounced? 

Commissioner Dalli, it is my understanding that the European Commission has a duty to represent the interests of all European citizens, not just those of a few people who profit from animal suffering. 

In your specific role as Commissioner responsible for animal welfare, you should feel compelled to do your best to put into practice the mandate of Article 13 of the EU Treaty that says that ‘In formulating and implementing the Union’s agriculture (…) policies, the Union and the Member States shall, since animals are sentient beings, pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals (…)’. 

You are aware of the fact that some rules have been in place for over 20 years and never been enforced. One more promise that they will be enforced in the future – rather than a commitment to change them, and especially to limit transport times – is simply not credible, and fails to tackle the huge problems suffered by transported animals on European roads. It is also offensive to all Europeans who care about animal welfare. 

I am therefore writing to you to ask that you not only maintain the laudable commitment you made publicly on 7 June on the occasion of the hand-in of the 8hours petition, but commit yourself to bringing forward effective legislative proposals before 2014, taking into account the mandate of Art. 13 of the Treaty, and respecting the right of European citizens to be fully represented by their institutions. 

Yours faithfully 

http://www.8hours.eu/letter_to_dalli/

And ask your friends to do the same. 

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Europe closer to ending long-haul horse abuse

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The European Commission now agrees that EU legislation on long-distance transport of animalsto slaughter needs to be reviewed.

The European Commission has agreed on the need to review EU legislation on long-distance transport of animals to slaughter. © World Horse Welfare

Late last week,  the EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli, agreed with welfare groups that the present Transport Regulation cannot adequately protect animals on long journeys and must be reviewed.

The charity World Horse Welfare said the statement constituted an important change in the position of the Commission, which until now had maintained that enforcement of the present rules would address serious welfare problems still experienced by tens of millions of animals, including 65,000 horses, transported on European roads for slaughter or further fattening every year.

Dalli made the statement after meetings with members of the European Parliament and animal welfare groups in Brussels at the handover of a petition signed by more than one million EU citizens calling for a maximum journey limit of 8 hours for these animals.

He agreed with the participants that existing transport regulations were not sufficient to guarantee an acceptable level of welfare for animals during transport, and announced that the commission will propose a review of EU legislation that will include – among other things – a reduction of transport times

Read the rest:-http://horsetalk.co.nz/2012/06/11/europe-closer-to-ending-long-haul-horse-abuse/

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