Press Releases from the EVU
EU Animal Transport Consultation:
Comments by the European Vegetarian Union and Farmed Animal Action
The European Vegetarian Union and Farmed Animal Action's position is that
sentient beings, no animal should be killed for its body to be consumed
meat. In addition, numerous doctors, scientists and environmentalists
highlighted the detrimental effects of a flesh-based diet. However, the
consumption of animal flesh has resulted in a situation whereby animals
routinely transported for thousands of miles to satisfy various states'
consumption preferences and to perpetuate the `free trade' myth throughout
the European Union and indeed the World.
In view of this, the recent EU wide public consultation regarding the
transportation of live animals has to be welcomed in terms of alleviating
the suffering of so many farmed animals which is impounded by the
As a contribution to this process, Farmed Animal Action submits the
- A maximum journey time of 8 hours for all animals destined to be
slaughtered and fattening and to include animals destined to be bred for
- Animals originating from a state where animal welfare laws are stricter
and more progressive should expect at least the same standards from the
destined state. For example; animals destined for sow stalls or veal crates.
- Strict monitoring of journey times should be implemented by numerous
checks en route, (at each loading and unloading point) and should include
monitoring of journey times via automatic controls on board vehicles.
- Infringement of any regulations should result in animmediate withdrawal
transportation licences and attract severe penalties.
- Vehicle inspections should be thorough and undertaken on a regular basis
to ensure that animals are comfortable, fed and provided with water.
- Due consideration should be shown that any animal welfare `improvements'
implemented should be seen as a first step in the process of a complete
total ban on the exportation of live animals from one state to another.
addition, it has been shown that animals suffer extreme stress by the
process of transportation, particularly loading and unloading ('The Welfare
of Animals During Transport' - Report of the Scientific Committee on Animal
Health and Animal Welfare 2002) and obviously the slaughter process and
therefore, due consideration should be given to removing EU and Member
subsidies to exporters and instead encourage at least a system whereby
animals are killed at their farm of origin and at best, invest the funds
into providing subsidies to producers of organic arable farming and adequate
information to public consumers regarding a plant based diet in line with
the European Vegetarian Union's contribution to the European Convention:
Meat consumption: The advantages of a plant-based diet (see also
recommendations WHO 2003) are becoming increasingly apparent and the
warnings about excessive meat consumption are getting more frequent and
explicit. However, in spite of the concerns of doctors, scientists,
environmentalists, and organisations working in the interest of animals,
support of the meat market remains a prime target in all national and
However, alternatives are available to this traditional diet and they
even more advantageous from a health, economic, ecological and ethical
of view. So the European Vegetarian Union calls upon European decision
*Accept vegetarianism officially as a valid and beneficial diet.
*Accept a vegetarian diet as a human rights principle.
*Grant human health and animal well-being priority over economic interests.
*Negotiate ways to stop subsidising production over demand.
*Refrain from "exporting" factory-farming schemes to joining
European Vegetarian Union