Help to Stop the Long-Distance Live Animal Transport in the European Union
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Help to Stop the Long-Distance Live Animal Transport in the European Union

    1. Petition by

      Animals' Angels

March 2012


During last week's plenary session, the European Parliament adopted Written Declaration 49/2011 to establish a maximum 8-hour journey limit for animals transported for slaughter in the European Union. The declaration calls on the European Commission and Council to review current live animal transport legislation and reduce the maximum time allowed for transport to ensure that animals don't suffer from thirst, stress, injury or death during transport.

Nearly 18,000 people signed the petition started by Animals' Angels, one of the key groups behind the 8 Hours campaign. The campaign received the support of 395 MEPs and more than a million people worldwide, including Dr. Jane Goodall.

“This is an historic moment for all those who care about animals. The call of the European Parliament follows the appeal of one million citizens: they cannot be easily ignored by the EU institutions,” said Christa Blanke, Founder of Animals' Angels. “But these are just two fundamental milestones in a campaign that will end only when long-distance journeys of animals sent for slaughter are banned in the EU. We have been documenting the suffering caused by animal transports around Europe over many years, and we have seen that all improvements of transport rules are insufficient if long-distance journeys continue to be allowed."

Today, huge numbers of farmed animals are transported under unacceptable conditions on European roads, only to be slaughtered on arrival.

The long duration of such journeys often causes the animals intense and avoidable suffering, as has been consistently reported over the years by Animals’ Angels investigators. Current EU legislation makes it possible for animals to be transported for several days. This has to change. Live animals sent for slaughter should never be transported for more than eight hours in total.

In November 2011, the European Commission published its report on the impact of Regulation 1/2005 on live animal transport. This report did not contain legislative proposals, nor it proposed that long-distance live transport should end.

One million signatures will be a loud wake-up call to the European institutions, reminding them that citizens reject the additional suffering currently being inflicted on farmed animals. We already have over 960,000 signatures on the 8hours website, so we hope that supporters can contribute at least 30,000 signatures.

If you want to sign the petition, you can either do so here (for everybody) or on the website (for Europeans only). Please note that duplicate signatures will be deleted.

You can find further information about this campaign on the website.

Thank you for your support.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 17,500 signatures
    2. Blog posts photos and more about live animal transport in the UK

      "Pictures of Animal Suffering from a 3rd World Country? No, Animal transport approved by the existing UK Conservative Government..."

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. 8hours Campaign Goes the Distance to End Inhumane Animal Transports

      Adolfo Sansolini, Coordinator for the 8hours campaign, shared with me the story of Antoine, a young bull on a recent transport truck from France to Morocco. The itinerary covered a total of three trucks, one with 60 bull calves and the other two...

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures
    6. Jane Goodall speaks out against long-distance animal transport

      Check out Dr. Jane Goodall's video message in support of the 8hours campaign.

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. OneKind has a guest blog from David Martin, Scotland's senior MP: "Next time you are sitting for what seems like forever in traffic or in an airport lounge, waiting to be on your way, you might spare a thought for the six million farmed animals – calves, sheep, pigs, horses, goats and cattle - forced to travel hundreds or thousands of miles by road, rail, sea or air each year." (read the rest:

    9. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Liliane Ferri TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Animal should be treated humanly

      • almost 3 years ago

      I hate the thought that the animals are going to be slaughtered anyway (I'm vegetarian), let alone them having to suffer travelling for 8 hours. However 8 hours should be the absolute maximum as what they're having to endure at the moment with days on the road being normal. It's disgusting to allow animals to suffer like this.

      • almost 3 years ago

      It is totally unacceptable, under any circumstances, to submit another living creature to pain, fear, starvation, deprivation of any kind at any time. Long distance haulage is for inanimate objects, freight.... not live animals. It is disgusting how we treat animals around the so called civilised world. It stops here, it stops NOW !

    • karen foster VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • almost 3 years ago

      how horrifyind for them, such cruelty

    • Bridgitte Allman CREWE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      To transport them like this is cruelty, this was done to humans in the 2nd WW, its just the same thing, except animals don't have a voice.


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