Fewer violations found in animal transports in 2008 than in previous years


<p>A total of 328 animal transports were inspected in 2008 in slaughterhouses and on the road. About 11% of the transports were found to be in some way in violation of animal welfare regulations. The number of violations was clearly lower than in previous years. A major part of the detected nonconformities was related to deficiencies in regulatory documents.</p>

A total of 328 animal transports were inspected in 2008. Violations of animal transport regulations were found in 35 transports, or in slightly less than 11% of the inspected vehicles. The number of violations decreased over the previous year, with nonconformities found in 20% of the inspections in 2007. The number of individual violations was 55 in 2008, as some transports violated several regulations. Most of the inspections were carried out by inspection veterinarians in slaughterhouses when transport vehicles were unloaded. In addition, provincial veterinarians inspected transports on the road and at pick-up locations.

Nonconformities often related to deficient documents

Nonconformities associated with certificates of competence, animal transporter authorisations and transport documentation represented the largest group. The second most violations were found in the separation of animals, while deficiencies in the condition and safety of the vehicles were the third most common violations.

Additional requirements set forth for long transports

The mean duration of the animal transports inspected in 2008 was ca. 4 hours. In 14 cases the inspection was targeted at a long transport lasting more than eight hours. The inspections revealed three violations of the additional requirements set forth for long transports.

Animal transports inspected annually

The laws on animal transports were revised at the beginning of 2007. Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations requires each member state to inspect an adequate number of animal transports every year to control the compliance with the animal protection requirements set forth for animal transports. Finland has conducted EU animal welfare inspections of animal transports since 1997. With more than 3200 transports inspected between 2000 and 2008, violations were found in 23% of the transports on average (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Violations found in EU inspections of animal transports in 2000-2008. (pdf)

Animal transport legislation: http://wwwb.mmm.fi/el/laki/f/default.html (in Finnish)

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