Regulations on transport

Animal transport has always been a controversial issue and is the field of animal welfare which generates the highest public attention at Community level. The transport of animals is presently regulated under Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport. Limits on travelling times and space allowances for animals transported within the EU were introduced in 1997.

EU rules applicable to the transport of animals play a key role in the establishment of the single market, facilitating the trade of animals by setting up harmonised conditions. In the absence of a harmonised approach, trade restrictive measures would be taken at national level disrupting the functioning of the internal market. This would also have a serious impact on intra EU trade as well as on the exports of live animals.

Brussels wants to amend Regulation No 1/2005.