Live transport of farm animals

We're working in a number of different ways to improve the conditions in which all farm animals are transported. If animal welfare isn't made a priority during live transport, there's a high risk of them suffering. This is because:

  • 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.

We believe:

  • Live transport 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.

Find out more about live transport requirements and help to stop it with our #ActNowForAnimals campaign.

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