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Every year millions of farm animals are transported alive by road, sea, rail and air between EU Member States and to third countries for breeding, reproduction, fattening and slaughter. These are exhausting journeys in which animals are subjected to stress and suffering, as we have repeatedly documented during our inspections.

We call for a revision of EU legislation with the aim of protecting animals and banning long-distance transport.

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OUR REPORT FOR THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Italy is also involved in live animal transports and in our report we have included all the violations and problems we have documented in years of investigations along the borders and roads of our country. In particular, we propose solutions to politicians and institutions to put an end to the drama of long-distance transport and the other suffering to which all animals are forced during these journeys.

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ESSERE ANIMALI INVESTIGATIONS ON TRANSPORT

Animal transport cruelty does not stop at Christmas – our investigation on lamb trade from Eastern Europe

Italy, December 2023

The images collected in recent days, in collaboration with Animals’ Angels, Animal Welfare Foundation, and Enpa, reveal numerous issues: dead animals crushed by their peers, water dispensers that prevent animals from drinking, trucks designed in a way that endangers the animals' safety, overcrowding, and poor hygiene conditions of the bedding. Read more

Lambs forced to travel from Eastern Europe without water and in overcrowded conditions

Italy, March 2024

Just days before Easter, our team returned to the border between Italy and Slovenia to monitor trucks loaded with lambs coming from Eastern Europe and headed towards Italian slaughterhouses. Issues related to the animals' transport conditions were documented, leading to law enforcement imposing thousands of euros in fines. Read more

Animal transport cruelty does not stop at Christmas – our investigation on lamb trade from Eastern Europe

Italy, December 2023

The images collected in recent days, in collaboration with Animals’ Angels, Animal Welfare Foundation, and Enpa, reveal numerous issues: dead animals crushed by their peers, water dispensers that prevent animals from drinking, trucks designed in a way that endangers the animals' safety, overcrowding, and poor hygiene conditions of the bedding. Read more

Forced to travel at temperatures of up to 50°C degrees and without water

Italy, July 2023

During the days of extreme heat, we documented the conditions of pigs being transported to slaughterhouses in Northern Italy. Using a thermal gun, we detected internal temperatures inside the trucks of 51°C in one instance, and over 40°C in others. The majority of the pigs showed clear signs of suffering, including a significantly elevated respiratory rate. Read more

Transport of lambs: shocking and unacceptable conditions during journeys from Eastern Europe

Italy, April 2023

Our investigative team went to the border of Gorizia in order to monitor live animal transport of lambs as young as a few weeks old. We inspeceted 7 multi-storey trucks arriving from Romania, Hungary and Slovakia and 6 of these were sanctioned by the police. Read more

Lambs transported from Eastern Europe to Italy

Italy, December 2022

Our team returned to the Italian-Slovenian border to monitor the conditions of the trucks carrying lambs under 3 months old before the Christmas holidays. On journeys that can last up to 30 hours, the animals are forced into overcrowded conditions with little or no water. The trucks compartments are not sufficiently high, a condition that can cause bumps and injuries. Read more

Live animal transport in Italy: temperatures up to 40°C and no water

Italy, July 2022

On days of extreme heat in July, our investigative team monitored some trucks used to transport live animals along the A1 motorway, between Lodi and Bologna. The internal temperatures of the vehicles reached 40°C: the pigs were gasping and visibly suffering because of the high temperatures. Many of them didn't have access to water. What's worse, all of this is legal. Read more

The suffering of lambs during transport before Easter

Italy, April 2022

We documented the conditions of lambs imported from Eastern Europe to Italy to be slaughtered before Easter. We identified and chased four vehicles, three of which were stopped and sanctioned by the traffic police. Two were from Hungary and one from Romania. The violations concerned the insufficient height of the compartments, which did not allow the animals to move naturally. A lamb traveled for hours with one leg stuck between the truck bars and watering systems installed in vehicles were not suitable for sheep. Read more

30 hours on a truck, the terrible transport of lambs for Easter

Italy, March 2021

Every year, Italy imports hundreds of thousands of lambs from various European countries, especially from Hungary and Romania. In 2019, there were 773,300, about 33% of all the lambs slaughtered in our country. The journey to Italian slaughterhouses is often a torture for these animals: they spend up to 30 hours crammed into overcrowded trucks, without food or water. Read more

OUR ASKS

The revision of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 “on the protection of animals during transport and related operations” is a unique opportunity for the European Commission and EU co-legislators to ensure more and better animal protection and to act on the most serious problems in order to spare animals avoidable suffering.

That is why we ask:

  • A ban on the transport of live animals to non-EU countries.
  • The limitation of journey times for the transport of live animals to a maximum of eight hours for pigs, cattle and adult sheep and four hours for poultry and rabbits (which must be transported in specific containers);
  • A ban on the transport of animals that are:
    unweaned;
    • in an advanced state of pregnancy (having exceeded 40 per cent gestation);
    • at the end of their productive life;
  • A ban on the transport of live animals if the expected outside temperatures are below 5° C or above 25° C, subject to clear definition of the following parameters:
    • specific species – and category – conditions for the fitness for transport of animals;
    • minimum and maximum outside temperatures;
    space availability;
    • availability and mode of provision of food and water;
  • To limit intra-EU maritime transport as much as possible, only allowing it when strictly necessary, with the suitability of vessels approved by an EU authority that verifies compliance with strict technical and mandatory requirements;
  • To develop a clear definition of ‘travelling time’, which is to be understood as the time elapsing from the ‘beginning of the journey’ to the ‘end of the journey’, including the loading and unloading of animals. In the case of transport by sea, ‘travelling time’ includes the time the animals spend on the road from the farm to the port and from the port to the ‘final destination’, as well as the time the animals spend on the vessels and during loading and unloading;
  • The reduction and eventual replacement of the transport of live animals with that of meat and carcasses, and seeds and embryos, as recommended by FVE, OIE, and EFSA.

We also call for stricter enforcement of EU legislation, which must be accompanied by more controls and inspections, as well as strict sanctions for infringements.

Our report presented at the European Parliament

We presented our report in Brussels, in collaboration with Eurogroup for Animals and the Intergroup on the welfare and conservation of animals at the European Parliament. Several MEPs and staff from different parliamentary groups and member countries took part to the event, to learn about our proposals in view of the revision of the EU animal welfare legislation scheduled for the end of 2023.

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Dear Commissioners,

Every year millions of farmed animals are transported alive by road, sea, rail, and air within the European Union (EU) Member States (MS) and to extra-EU countries for breeding, fattening and slaughter purposes. The protection of animals during transport and related operations is disciplined by Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 (hereafter named Regulation 1/2005).

In the last decades, however, a vast body of scientific literature, official reports by the European Commission and investigations from civil society organisations have extensively shown that Regulation 1/2005 is not only being poorly enforced by MS, but it fails to adequately protect animals since it is based on outdated scientific knowledge.

In the Farm to Fork Strategy, the European Commission has set the goal “to revise the animal welfare legislation, including on animal transport and the slaughter of animals, to align it with the latest scientific evidence, broaden its scope, make it easier to enforce and ultimately ensure a higher level of animal welfare”.

The revision of Regulation 1/2005 represents a unique opportunity for the European Commission and the EU co-legislators to strengthen and improve the protection of animals during transport, along with effectively addressing the most urgent welfare issues to spare animals any avoidable suffering.

In light of these considerations, I/we call for a revision of Regulation 1/2005 that must include:

  • A ban on the transport of live farmed animals to extra-EU countries
  • A ban on long-distance transport of live animals within the EU and a limit on maximum journey times of 8 hours for adult bovines, ovines and swine, and 4 hours for poultry and rabbits
  • A ban on the transport of unweaned and pregnant animals (for whom 40% or more of the expected gestation period has already passed)
  • The definition of species- and category-specific conditions to ensure fitness for transport, and to establish minimum and maximum external temperatures, space allowance parameters, and the provision of watering and feeding during the transport of live animals within the EU.
  • The reduction, refinement and replacement of the transport of live farmed animals by that of meat/carcasses and semen/embryos, as recommended by the FVE, OIE and EFSA.

We further ask for stricter enforcement of the Transport Regulation, alongside a higher number of official inspections and controls, and more severe sanctions in case of verified infringements.

My/our requests join those of tens of thousands of European citizens that have recently participated in the public consultation on the revision of EU animal welfare legislation and have unanimously expressed the urgency to adopt improved and stringent dispositions to enhance and advance the protection of animals during transport and related operations.

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