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Animal Welfare
Better enforcement of rules on transport needed, say MEPs

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EXISTING rules on animal transport must be properly and uniformly enforced in all EU member states to remedy persistent animal welfare problems during transport.

So say members of the European Parliament in a non-legislative resolution adopted on December 12. They also call for measures to cut the maximum journey times for animals, for inspections to be stepped up and for more dissuasive penalties to be imposed on offenders. They suggest, too, that the EU should promote the use of local abattoirs in order to avoid animals being transported long distances to slaughter.

The resolution, which was adopted by 555 votes to 56 against, with 34 abstentions, points out that the number of animals transported in Europe …

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