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Thursday, 14 February 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Protection of animals during transport within and outside the EU (debate)

  John Stuart Agnew (ENF). – Mr President, there is quite adequate legislation on animal transport: the problem is that it isn’t being enforced, and here we find a cultural difference. In the north—west of Europe, there are a lot of people who are very concerned about animal welfare. In the UK we have a charity called the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals that brings private prosecutions against people who don’t treat animals properly. But the further south—east you go in Europe, the more the culture changes, and they are less interested. These are the people who are expected to enforce the legislation, and they simply can’t be bothered.

On another subject, in the course of my life I have offloaded thousands of sheep from lorries, and I can tell you that the ones that travel best are the ones that travel empty. They do not need to be packed full of food. If they are, then what happens on the lorry is that they go into the rumination process, with urination and defecation, and make a mess of the lorry and particularly the sheep on the lower decks. You do not need to fill a sheep full of food for it to travel comfortably.

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