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 and how you can support #ActNowForAnimals.

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