Tierschutzverein Robin Hood

Stop long-term animal transportation!

Animal transportation is a painful topic. Nobody really wants it, but a sustainable change in the interests of animals is not in sight.

Over a billion animals are transported within the EU and into or from EU third countries. It is permitted to transport pigs for 24 hours without a break, cattle for 29 hours with a one hour break, but, as if that weren’t enough, it is permitted to repeat that process indefinitely. This leads to day- or even week-long transportation times.

Young animals that often are not even capable of drinking water yet are transported on cold and hot days, but also adult animals suffer agony, thirst, hunger and injure themselves during transport, but nobody cares. Animals die and are left on the transporter, pregnant animals have to stand on their feet in a confined space for thousands of kilometres, which often results in premature births.

Violations of the EU regulation from 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transports happen on a daily basis.

WE DEMAND A STOP!

A german version of the following text will be sent to the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Fostering and Consumer Protection in Austria on your behalf:

Stop long-term animal transports!

Animal transportation is a painful topic. Nobody really wants it, but a sustainable change in the interests of animals is not in sight.

Over a billion animals are transported within the EU and into or from EU third countries. It is permitted to transport pigs for 24 hours without a break, cattle for 29 hours with a one hour break, but, as if that weren’t enough, it is permitted to repeat that process indefinitely. This leads to day- or even week-long transportation times.

Young animals that often are not even capable of drinking water yet are transported on cold and hot days, but also adult animals suffer agony, thirst, hunger and injure themselves during transport, but nobody cares. Animals die and are left on the transporter, pregnant animals have to stand on their feet in a confined space for thousands of kilometres, which often results in premature births.

Violations of the EU regulation from 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transports happen on a daily basis.

The following requirements are absolutely essential and must finally be implemented:

  • A limitation of the maximum transport time to 8 hours for all animals. (except for poultry, for them, the limit should be set to 4 hours.)
  • Butchering in the closest slaughterhouse.
  • A ban on animal transportation to third countries.
  • No transport of young animals who haven’t yet been weaned from breast milk.
  • More space and litter in long-distance transporters.
  • Stricter regulations on the air-conditioning inside the transporters.
  • A ban on animal transportations at outside temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius and in the cold.
  • A ban on animal transportations during exceptional conditions (for example Covid-19), where long waiting times at the borders are to be expected.
  • The shipping of genetic material instead of breeding animals.
  • The transport of chilled meat instead of living animals.
  • Increased controls and strict sanctions in the event of a violation.

As a signer, I unreservedly endorse these demands and call for the animal transportation law 2007-TTG 2207 to be changed as quick as possible.
Thank you!

Yours sincerely,
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