The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV) is the EU voice of national federations representing livestock markets, livestock traders (cattle, horses, sheep, pigs), meat traders (beef, horse meat, sheep meat, pig meat), and the meat industry (slaughterhouses, cutting plants, meat preparation plants).
BELGIUM, Brussels. At the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting, the European Commission services drew the attention of the EU Member States on the need to avoid unnecessary animal suffering during animal transport exports during summer months. UECBV agrees and strongly supports a better enforcement of the legislation already existing.
UECBV and its members believe in and work on the constant improvement of animal welfare practices. The organization has been engaged in pushing for a better enforcement of the existing legislation since even before its implementation in 2005.
For that reason, it is in constant dialogue and cooperation with other stakeholders, civil society and Member States to develop support material, best-practices and initiatives to better animal welfare. UECBV reminds operators to follow the guides on: 1) assessing fitness for transport of cattle; 2) best-practices for transport of cattle.
UECBV and its members will continue to work to guarantee that animals are transported, not only in compliance with EU regulation, but following best-practices. Animals should not endure unnecessary suffering and for that Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005, on the protection of animals during transport, must be complied with in all EU Member States and by all operators. When not complied with, there should be appropriate penalties.
The organization fully agrees and emphasises the Commission's and Council's reminders to enforce existing regulations and monitor important criteria, such as stocking density, when organising such a trip, in order to guarantee the welfare of animals. It will continue to focus on the implementation and monitoring of animal welfare rules, and work together with authorities and stakeholders to avoid any unnecessary animal suffering during transport.