Animal transports should be ‘on the hook’, not ‘on the hoof’

Brussels, 12th February 2008 – The European Union should lead by example and ensure an end to all live animal transport over long distances, Sir Robert Atkins MEP, said today.

His call comes as a new global campaign is launched to end the appalling conditions thousands of animals face when transported long distances to slaughter.

The Handle With Care coalition - the RSPCA, the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and the International League for the Protection of Horses – is using undercover footage to highlight journeys that can cover thousands of miles by road and sea, including sheep transported from Australia to the Middle East, cattle from Brazil to Lebanon, horses from Spain to Italy and pigs from Canada to Hawaii.

Following pressure from MEPs and Compassion in World Farming’s ‘Stop the Bull Ship’ campaign in 2005, the European Commission announced an end to export refund subsidies for live cattle exports to the Middle East.

Sir Robert said:

“European Union taxpayers are no longer unwittingly subsidising the unnecessary export of live animals over long distances, but the practice is still occurring far too often both inside and outside of Europe.”

“This trade is not only cruel, but journeys of this distance are completely unnecessary. Slaughter should be carried out as locally as possible and meat transported on the hook, rather than on the hoof.”

“It’s time we ended the outdated and totally needless suffering. I will continue to push the European Commission to lead by example and ensure all unnecessary long-distance animal transportation is ceased and that all European countries adhere to legislation already in place.”

Top ↑