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Petitioning European Commission

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


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.

Letter to
European Commission
Every year, millions of animals are transported thousands of miles on European roads under unacceptable conditions. Horses collapse in utter exhaustion, sheep die of thirst, pigs freeze to death or die of heat. The biggest problem is the length of the transports. The current legislation “Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the Protection of Animals during Transport” permits transports over the course of several days and thousands of miles – and therefore, the suffering of animals on these transports continues.

The law enforcement agencies are well aware that long-distance transports mean agony for the animals. In 2002, the scientific committee “Animal Health and Species-Appropriate Husbandry” of the European Commission published a report on the protection of animals during transport. The bottom line: As a general rule, animal transports should be as short as possible. However, this recommendation was not taken into account in the current Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport.

The European Commission recently presented a report on the effects of the Regulation, but it didn't formulate any proposals to stop long-distance live transport. We need a lot of public and parliamentary pressure to make them change their mind.

Numerous reports of Animals’ Angels and other animal welfare organizations and their collected evidence have proven that the suffering of animals on long distance transport is inevitable!

Therefore, we ask the European Commission to support a maximum duration of 8 hours for animal transports in the member states of the European Union, to finally put an end to the additional suffering currently being inflicted on farmed animals.

Long-distance transports must stop!