Sorry – it’s long but ……………
Defra (consultation) wording:
The current rules aimed at protecting animal welfare in transport are derived from directly applicable EU law, Council Regulation No 1/2005. The Regulation sets out the requirements that anyone transporting animals in connection with an economic activity must comply with. There are growing concerns that the current requirements for the transport of animals do not reflect the latest scientific evidence on how best to protect animal welfare during transport.
We are consulting in England and Wales on ending live animal exports for slaughter and fattening that begin in or transit through England or Wales, and further improvements to animal welfare in transport.
Why we are consulting
The Government is committed to the welfare of all animals and to making further improvements to animal welfare in transport and has a manifesto commitment to end excessively long journeys for slaughter and fattening. Now that the UK has left the EU, the Government can explore alternative options to better protect animal welfare during transport. As part of changing the current regulatory regime that sets the standards for animals in transport, it is right that we should gather the views of all interested parties.
The Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC, now known as the Animal Welfare Committee) have reported to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the welfare of animals during transport. This report took into account the responses to the 2018 Call for Evidence on controlling live exports for slaughter and improving animal welfare during transport, and the scientific systematic review conducted by the Scotland’s Rural College and the University of Edinburgh on the welfare of animals during transport and at markets.
The Government has reviewed the FAWC report and is now consulting to seek views on ending the export of livestock and horses (this will not apply to poultry) for slaughter and fattening in England and Wales, where the journeys begin in or transit through either country, in addition to introducing further improvements to animal welfare in transport more generally.
Take part in the online consultation by clicking on the following link:
Note – we are currently unsure if (only) UK residents can undertake this; but we encourage folk outside of the UK, who are anti live export, to try ! – apologies if you are unable; as we say; may be UK residents only.
These are the consultation questions which you will need to respond to. Hopefully; this advanced insight will give you a feeling of what (the questions asked) is required.
IMPORTANT – We (WAV) do not expect everyone to provide answers to every question.
Some questions are really directed at transport operators – livestock hauliers etc – Questions 19 – 19 for example. You do not have to respond to anything like this – only the questions for which you can do a response. Your input to the consultation will still be considered even if you doo not answer everything. The main point to remember is that you are on the animals side and want to get live exports stopped regardless of the animal species. This is what needs to be reflected (included) in your responses when you do them. This is the real point – we need to make it clear that we want this sordid trade stopped from the UK.
Best wishes with your responses; the fact that you are taking part is a big bonus.
And remember – you have until the end of January 2021 to respond. Note that you can complete part of the consultation; save; and then return at a later date. It does not all have to be done in one session. Please see the consultation pages to enable you to save and return later.
Personally; this is a big thing for me and many other campaigners – brilliant Jane; brilliant Liza, wonderful Trudi; and all the others who a too many to mention – just brill !. Many who have now passed and are not here to hear the news of this. I personally have done live export campaigns and investigations from the UK for the last 30 years. Been there, seen it; heard it and smelled it you could say; horses, pigs, calves, sheep and more. They do not deserve to be treated as they currently are during transport – it is time for it to stop.
I did a big investigation report (5 undercover trails) with several other EU investigation groups on the trade back in 2010; presented to the EU and UK parliament, (with regard the EU) who threw it back in our faces and basically trashed the whole 120 page thing. You can read one of the 5 undercover trail reports by going to About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) and scrolling down to all the livestock transporter / calf pictures are where you will find a link to the report. Alternatively, go direct to Microsoft Word – JH.04.03.2010_REPORT on NON-COMPLIANCE with RESTING TIMES in relation to CONTROL POST at F-HEAUVILLE.doc (wordpress.com) to read just one of the five investigations into live calves being shipped from Ireland to France. It makes bad reading. The failures to comply with rest times etc (as defined in EU ‘legislation’ !) for example justifies why we need to get this disgusting trade stopped asap. Your involvement in the consultation can help this.
Well that’s it from me;
Do what you can; for those in transport;
Regards Mark (WAV)
In memory of great campaigner friends now departed – including the great Mike from London – we shared some fantastic times:
And John from CIWF:
The following is the basic outline of all the questions which are asked in the consultation.
(Your) Name and e mail.
Organisation if you represent one. Note – individual citizens can also take part – you DO NOT have to represent an organisation.
Live Animal Exports
4. Do you agree that livestock and horse export journeys for slaughter and fattening are unnecessary? Please explain your views.
5. Do you agree that in order to prohibit livestock and horse export journeys for fattening where the animal will be slaughtered soon after arrival, these export journeys where animals are slaughtered within 6 months of arrival should be prohibited? Please explain your views.
6. Do you agree that the only exceptions to prohibiting live export journeys should be for poultry live exports, and animals going for breeding or production that will not be slaughtered within 6 months of arrival? Please explain your views.
7. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of no longer being able to export livestock or horses for slaughter or fattening? Please explain any impacts provided.
8. What alternatives would your business or organisation explore if it was not able to export livestock or horses for slaughter or fattening?
Maximum Journey Times
9. Do you agree with the proposed maximum journey times as outlined in Table 1? Please explain your views and highlight any potential regional impacts that your business or organisation might experience.
10. Do you see a need for any exceptions to the maximum journey times and, if so, why? Please provide evidence.
11. In the case of such exceptions, what requirements should be put in place to ensure animal welfare is protected?
12. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation due to new maximum journey times being implemented? Please explain any impacts provided.
13. Including loading, unloading and stops, how long is your average journey for the livestock, poultry or horses that your business or organisation manage?
14. Do you agree that a new journey should not start until a minimum of 48 hours have elapsed after the previous journey? Please explain your views.
15. Do you agree that there should be a minimum 7-day rest period for cattle? Please explain your views.
Thermal Conditions and Ventilation
16. Do you agree that we should prohibit both short and long poultry journeys when the external temperature is outside of a temperature range of 5-25oC, unless the vehicle is able to regulate the internal temperature within this range for the duration of the journey by means of a thermo-regulation system, and that this temperature range should be 5-25oC? Please explain your views.
17. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of prohibiting both short and long poultry journeys when the external temperature range is outside of 5-25oC? Please explain any impacts provided.
18. Do you agree that we should prohibit both short and long livestock and horse journeys when the external temperature is outside of a temperature range of 5-30oC, unless the vehicle is able to regulate the internal temperature within this range for the duration of the journey by means of a thermo-regulation system, and that this temperature range should be 5-30oC? Please explain your views.
19. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of prohibiting both short and long livestock and horse journeys when the external temperature range is outside of 5-30oC? Please explain any impacts provided.
20. Do you think that there are other species that should be considered as vulnerable and have a smaller external temperature range applied, outside of which journeys cannot take place? Please provide evidence.
21. What proportion of your current transportation vehicles have the facility to regulate temperature and provide ventilation?
22. For your vehicles which do not have the facility to regulate temperature and provide ventilation, what would be the cost of retrofitting to enable them to regulate temperature and provide ventilation?
23. Are there any other steps that can be taken to ensure animal welfare can be maintained in extreme weather? Please provide evidence.
24. Do you agree that we should use allometric principles as a basis for future space allowance calculations? Please explain your views.
25. Do you think that reforms to space allowances based on allometric principles should apply to both short and long journeys? Please explain your views.
26. Do you agree with the proposed species-specific headroom requirements?
27. Do you think that the proposed species-specific headroom requirements should apply to both short and long journeys? Please explain your views.
28. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of the proposed headroom requirements for both short and long journeys? Please explain any impacts provided.
29. Do you agree that we should prevent animals from being transported in rough weather at sea and that animals should not be transported during Beaufort Wind Force 6 or above? Please explain your views.
30. What would be the financial impact to your business or organisation of prohibiting transport during Beaufort Wind Force of 6 or above
31. Do you think that there should be any exceptions to the previously mentioned proposals alongside the specific exceptions already outlined, excluding the proposal to prohibit live exports for slaughter and fattening? Please provide evidence.
32. What conditions should be met in order to ensure animal welfare is protected in the case of other exceptions?
33. Do you think that it should be possible to obtain permission to use an exception on an ongoing basis to avoid the need for transporters to apply before every applicable journey?
This completes the consultation. Submit your answers in accordance with the site instructions.