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Parliamentary questions
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18 February 2021
E-000991/2021
Question for written answer  E-000991/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Harald Vilimsky (ID)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Transport of unweaned calves

A report by Alexander Rabitsch on transports of unweaned calves highlighted abuses and problems which must be urgently resolved or alleviated.

The animals suffer from hunger and thirst while en route, problems which are exacerbated the longer the journey lasts.

Will the Commission consider imposing an animal-friendly maximum journey time of less than eight hours?

The report states that all existing truck approvals for the long-distance transport of unweaned calves are illegal, as the vehicles have no provision for food or water which is ‘appropriate to needs and behaviour’.

Will the Commission introduce new provisions governing such approvals? Will the transports then be checked for conformity with the provisions?

The report establishes that the Member States ‘constantly and systematically’ neglect to provide transports which conform to the regulations.

Does the Commission have plans for how it can ensure that the Member States comply more closely with the regulations in force?

Original language of question: DE
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