Live Transport of Farm Animals - Welfare Issues | RSPCA - RSPCA
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.
- 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.