Violations still found in animal transports in 2009, particularly as concerns documents
A total of 275 animal transports were inspected in 2009, involving a total of over 484,000 animals. Violations of animal transport regulations were found in 75 cases. In all, the number of individual violations was 161 in 2009, as some transports violated several regulations.
The mean duration of the animal transports inspected was ca. 3 hours, with 8 per cent of the inspected transports being long ones, i.e. lasting over eight hours.
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 the place of departure. The majority of inspections were targeted at transports of pigs and cattle. In addition, poultry transports, some transports of horses and reindeer, and sheep, were inspected.
Nonconformities often related to deficient documents
The majority of individual nonconformities were associated with requirements concerning transport documentation, marking indicating animals and animal transporter authorisations. The second most common deficiencies were those in the condition and safety of vehicles, and the third most common violations lay in failure to conform to additional requirements applicable to long transports.
Animal transports inspected annually
The legislation on animal transports was 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, in order to control compliance with the animal protection requirements set forth for animal transports. Finland has been conducting EU animal welfare inspections of animal transports since 1997. With more than 3,500 transports inspected between 2000 and 2009 in all, nonconformities with respect to animal protection were detected in an average of 23% of transports.
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Riikka-Elina Lahdenperä, Senior Officer, tel. +358 (0)20 77 24220