The European Parliament approved the written declaration 49/2011 about the limit of 8 hours for the transportation of animals for slaughter in Europe, presented by Andrea Zanoni, Vice President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup, Dan Jørgensen, Esther de Lange, Pavel Poc and Carl Schlyter, Members of the European Parliament. About one million Europeans signed the 8hours.eu petition.
Thank to this important declaration, European Parliament officially asks to the Commission and the Council to establish a maximum of 8 hours for the journeys of animals transported to slaughters.
The Regulation 1/2005 disposes that “the transport of animals over long journeys, including animals for slaughter, should be limited as far as possible” but it allows long transports in terms of distance and duration, causing animals stress, suffering and even death; for that reason, Mr Zanoni asks to re-examine the Regulation that allows terrible conditions of transportation: in fact sheep, beefs and goats are transported in overcrowd conditions and without air.
OIPA, always promoting the abolishment of meat, fish and animal derivatives, for a vegan diet, hopes that European Commission will makes improvements to the transportation of animals.
Read the written declaration 49/2011
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