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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Animal welfare conditions during transport to third countries (debate)
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  Petra De Sutter (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, every year one billion poultry and 37 million bovine, sheep, goats and horses are transported within the EU and to third countries – often over great distances and for a long time, and a lot of these animals do not survive. Yes, there is regulation, but there is poor implementation and enforcement.

Certain Member States – such as Romania – do worse than others and continue to organise through that transport. This has to stop. I fully endorse my colleagues’ call to ban the transport of live animals. For too many of us, animal welfare is an unimportant subject. It was Ghandi who said that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Let us hope the EU can be a great continent with high moral standards in this regard.

 
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