Transport and slaughter
Anyone that transports live animals has a legal responsibility to ensure they are transported in a way that won’t cause them injury or unnecessary suffering.
They must also ensure that:
- Journey times are kept to a minimum.
- The animals are fit to travel.
- Those handling animals have been trained and are competent.
- The vehicle and its loading and unloading facilities are designed, constructed and maintained to avoid injury and suffering and to ensure the safety of the animals.
- Water, feed and opportunity to rest are made available to the animals as appropriate and sufficient floor space and height is available in the transport.
- For non-export journeys, the movement is documented (eAML2).
- Biosecurity is maintained at all times.
- Council Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations sets out minimum standards for the welfare of animals during transport.
- This is implemented in England by The Welfare of Animals (Transport) (England) Order 2006 and its Guidance notes.
- New good practice guides and fact sheets covering travelling, handling, monitoring and evaluation of pigs aimed at farmers, drivers, local veterinarians and abattoir staff