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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Animal welfare conditions during transport to third countries (debate)

  Grace O'Sullivan (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, as animal welfare groups beg us not to buy puppies for Christmas because it stresses animals in this frantic season, please spare a thought for the daily trauma suffered by animals being transported overseas. The recent incident where over 14 000 sheep drowned is not unique. The practice of live exports is barbaric, inflicting needless suffering on living sentient beings.

As an Irish woman, I’m ashamed to say our cattle are being shipped as far away as Libya and Turkey, journeys of up to 12 days, where animals travel flesh on flesh over often treacherous seas, regularly becoming seriously ill, injured and dying. Even more shameful, the bulk of our cattle exports are unweaned two—week old calves taken from their mothers’ sides, herded on board vessels into cramped conditions where they suffer deep distress. Not only is this unacceptable by any animal welfare standards, it is unacceptable by moral standards.

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