EU Commission fails to act on animal welfare

TheEuropean Commission has failed to hear the concerns of thousands of campaigners for animal welfare by refusing to come forward with new rules on the transport of live animals.

That’s the message from Labour MEPs on the day that a long awaited review of EU legislation concluded that changes will not be proposed to the EU regulation covering the transport of live animals.

Campaigners had been calling for the Commission to propose changes that would put an end to the suffering of animals caused by very long journeys across Europe by limiting journeys for fattening or slaughter to eight hours.

However, the European Commission review today concluded that while more needs to be done to enforce existing rules, new legislation will not be brought forward.

Mrs Willmott said:

“I am very disappointed that the European Commission has not heard the concerns of my constituents and come forward with plans to impose an eight hour limit on the transport of live animals.

“The vast majority of animals are slaughtered near to where they are reared. That is clearly preferable to forcing them to endure many hours under stressful conditions in a lorry.

“The Commission is right to say that more should be done to enforce existing rules, but they should also be proposing an end to the suffering caused by these incredibly long and inhumane journeys.”


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  1. julie park says:

    Hi Glenys

    Thank you for highlighting the plight of our animals in this way. How can I help in campaigning to make the EU sit up and deal with this very important issue.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Happy Christmas

    Julie Park
    Labour Member

    Hi Julie

    If you email office ( direct, we’ll come up with some ideas.


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