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Parliamentary questions
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20 October 2016
E-007925-16
Question for written answer E-007925-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Miguel Viegas (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Transportation of animals
 Answer in writing 

The minimum limits for transportation have remained unchanged since 1997 and are enshrined in Regulation (EC) No 1/2005.

Although the general limit is eight hours, legislation allows this period to be extended to 14 and even 18 hours under certain conditions and for some species. In practice, however, there are no time limits on transporting live animals when hauliers include intervals for watering and feeding. This is a very serious situation, as there are no proven basic ways of checking that this legislation is being adhered to, particularly when animals are being transported over long distances across borders. The situation on the Turkey-Bulgaria border, where animals are made to wait for hours in degrading conditions before embarking on long and gruelling journeys, is just one aspect of the problem.

What has the Commission been doing to improve checks and observance of legislation on the transportation of live animals, particularly on the EU’s land borders with third countries? Also, what has it been doing to minimise the transportation of live animals for slaughter, with a view to replacing live animals with carcasses, as the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and the scientific community recommend?

Original language of question: PT 
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