British and Canadian experts – who have reviewed livestock transportation regulations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the European Union and the USA – say the laws are too vague or insufficient to be fit for purpose.
The authors examined evidence relating to four major risk factors, including journey duration and space allowances.
They found the regulations failed to adequately protect livestock and have suggested increased inspections and training for drivers to substantially improve animal welfare.
Their paper has been published in Royal Society Open Science
The news is reported in this press statement from the Royal Society:
Are regulations addressing farm animal welfare issues during live transportation fit for purpose? A multi-country jurisdictional check
Live farm animal transportation is currently regulated but animal welfare concerns persist. This paper aims to assess whether regulations adopted in five jurisdictions (i.e., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the EU and the US) addressing live farm animal transport are fit for purpose (i.e., do they achieve the stated aims of protecting animals during transport?). Our findings indicate that regulations are often insufficient or too vague to be deemed fit for purpose. All jurisdictions fall short in guaranteeing adequate protection to livestock during transport. We drew future directions for regulatory changes that may improve the welfare of farm animals during transportation.
Livestock regulation – A review of livestock transportation regulations in five English-speaking Western jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the EU and the USA) suggests laws are too vague or insufficient to be fit for purpose. The authors examined evidence relating to four major risk factors, including journey duration and space allowances, finding regulations failed to adequately protect livestock. They suggest increased inspections and training for drivers could substantially improve animal welfare.
The paper can be found HERE.