Transport of animals, general information
The categorisation of transport times and space allowances according to species not only does not address the problem but complicates the situation since it sets out different requirements depending on the species transported. The impact assessment indicates that improving animal welfare conditions based on a scientific approach would not mean achieving an understandable and well implemented legislation.
Transport limits based on the social legislation for drivers brings clear positive outcomes by achieving a harmonization of both social and drivers’ rules when only one driver is dealing with the transport. However, this option has not been supported in the web consultation.
Therefore, limiting transport times to 9 hours for animals intended for slaughter and aligning with the social rules for animals for other purposes can be considered as a balanced option. This option would improve animal welfare during transport as travelling times would be limited for animals intended either for slaughter (which often suffer the worst welfare conditions) or for other purposes and more space allowances would be provided according to the new scientific knowledge. Furthermore, this option would set up coherent rules with the social legislation applicable to drivers, promoting a real compliance with EU rules. In addition, the creation of a harmonised system to collect data of the journey through navigation systems would help to decrease the administrative burden stemming from the regulation.