- live transportation must be kept to a minimum
- animals should be slaughtered close to the farms where they were reared
- long-distance transportation of livestock for slaughter should be replaced with a 'meat carcass-only' trade
- during transport, higher welfare standards should be used and the animals looked after by competent and caring staff.
We are working in a number of different ways to improve the conditions in which all animals are transported.
If animal welfare is not a priority during live transport, there can be a high risk of animal suffering.
- Handling during loading onto and unloading from vehicles can be stressful.
- During transport animals may be faced with strange sights, movements, noises, smells and unfamiliar animals.
- Heat stress, lack of good ventilation and long periods without food, water or rest can add to welfare problems.
More information is available in our downloadable Live transport information sheet June 2008 (PDF 115KB).
Find out more about live transport.