The animal welfare organization Animals ‘Angels published its report “100 Reasons to Revise Council Regulation EC 1/2005 on the Protection of Animals during Transport” this week.
The report combines Animals ‘Angels’ more than 20 years of experience in animal transport controls in the EU and worldwide with the results of scientific studies.
In “100 Reasons” Animals ‘Angels specifically uncovered the weaknesses of the EU Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and made over “100 specific demands” on the revision of the regulation that is currently taking place.
The existing EU laws are unable to adequately protect the animals being transported.
The main flaw of the regulation: it does not impose an absolute limit on the transport time.
Their implementation fails on many levels. Despite positive approaches, it cannot curb the suffering of the animals on the transports.
In 22 chapters, Animals’ Angels criticized parts of the ordinance on topics such as transport duration, loading density, transportability, temperature limit values, official controls, the sanction system and much more.
In addition to scientific findings, the report draws on countless empirical examples and first-hand information from actors such as veterinary and police officers, transporters, animal owners and drivers.
Animals’ Angels calls for a detailed revision of Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 with the aim of ensuring the best possible protection for the animals being transported.
But above all, Animals’ Angels is calling for a rethink.
EU Treaties recognize animals as sentient beings.
It is high time to do justice to this recognition.
The revised Regulation on the protection of animals during transport has to reflect a morally acceptable treatment of animals that respectfully considers their life and their suffering as sentient beings.
The life and well-being of the animals must always take precedence over all economic interests, ”explains Julia Havenstein, chairwoman of the association.
And I mean…According to EU law, such animal transports (as described in the report by the Animals’ Angels organization) are actually not allowed to exist.
Or rather, it is a shame that – despite laws – they exist.
1) Calves are torn from their mothers and crammed into a van.
The animal children roar for their mothers, suckle each other and, after several hours, suffer from extreme hunger.
After 20 hours they finally reach the next port, because their suffering is far from over.
Some of them are dead, the others utterly exhausted. Millions of animals are transported this way every year.
In EU! under animal transport regulation!
2) Scrapped ferries take the animals across the Mediterranean for several days. Unsuspecting employees use electric drivers to force the animals onto the ship, which is unsuitable for transporting animals.
There is not enough to drink, the ventilation system is often defective, sharp edges and steep ramps injure the animals.
After three days at sea, the first die.
Their bodies are simply thrown into the sea, where the water washes them to the nearest beach. The animals that are still alive lie in their own excrement, they are weak and underweight.
The EU doesn’t want to know anything about this, even though the animals come from EU countries, and according to European law, animal welfare regulations apply from the place of departure to the destination – no matter where.
3) Cows are officially declared for breeding, but they are taken to other countries where a cruel death awaits them.
After being locked in the transporter for days, they end up in often criminal slaughterhouses at their destinations.
The animals are kicked and beaten and must see the massacred bodies of their fellow sufferers before it is their turn.
When fully conscious, their heads are pulled back and the carotid artery is cut, usually with unsuitable knives.
These animals come from EU countries, but cannot be recognized because the ear tags have been removed to conceal their origin. Which trader or exporter would like to be associated with bloody battle scenes?
“Nobody may carry out or arrange for an animal to be transported if the animals could suffer injuries or unnecessary suffering,” says the beginning of the relevant EU Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005.
Thanks to the European agricultural policy, there is an abundance of live animal transports, as well as customers, and that means that transport of live animals is and will remain a lucrative business.
Read the Animals ‘Angels report; it is extremely professional, for which we thank them very much!
The EU will not do it, the MPs are now busy with the corona dictatorship.
My best regards to all, Venus