BVA calls for a comprehensive view of animal welfare during live transport

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

With an increasing political appetite to make improvements to live animal transport, the UK’s leading veterinary association is urging the government to put welfare at the heart of any decision-making with regards to moving livestock inside and out of the UK.

In its updated position, the British Veterinary Association emphasises its support of current UK legislation and would like to see improved implementation of current laws. BVA welcomes improvements which are informed by a welfare outcomes approach but says that these should be evidence based.

Further recommendations state that any proposals to improve welfare during transport should embrace all forms of transport and include welfare issues before, during and after movement. This would help to ensure that a well-defined set of animal welfare standards are met for the entirety of any journey.

BVA recommends that animals are slaughtered as close to the point of production as possible and supports the exploration of further opportunities which would assist this. It recognises that transportation of live animals can be unavoidable in some situations – for example, journeys between the Scottish Islands and Highlands – but says that no animal should be exported to a destination with unknown welfare standards, to one using systems currently banned in the UK or to a country where it would be slaughtered without stunning. ...

Follow the link to read the article in full on the BVA website