Practical EU guidelines to assess fitness of pigs for transport

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European Commission welcomes practical EU guidelines to assess fitness of pigs for transport

Brussels, 21 January 2016

Practical EU guidelines to assess the fitness of pigs for transport, aiming to be an extra tool available to professionals to ensure a high level of fitness for transport of pigs, written by leading EU agri-food, veterinary, road transport, and animal welfare stakeholder groups, have been welcomed by the European Commission. The move comes after 2 years of work by the UECBV, Copa and Cogeca, Eurogroup for Animals, Animals’ Angels, FVE, IRU, ELT, INAPORC and Cooperl Arc Atlantique. “Whilst the role of European legislation is essential in setting out harmonised rules to protect the animals’ welfare, guidelines such as these which explain how these rules should be carried out in practice are crucial,” said Mr Gavinelli, Head of the Animal Welfare Unit of DG SANTE, speaking after the meeting. Continuing, he added that “these joint guidelines will help all those responsible to work together to ensure a high level of welfare of transported animals".

These guidelines are designed to provide easy to understand help and advice to professionals involved in the transportation of pigs and aim to complement existing EU legislation. The guidelines do not represent the real situation in Europe today, but provide a comprehensive list of situations that may occur and the conditions that may result in an animal being classed as unfit for transport to help operators ensure animal welfare is constantly maximised. The guidelines are visual and use photographs/drawings and simple texts to help all operators decide on the suitability of pigs for transport. Ensuring a high level of welfare of animals during transport is in everyone’s interest.

Transporting animals that are unfit not only causes animal suffering but could also lead to penalties, financial losses and the withdrawal of the authorisation of the transporter and/or the driver as well. Whilst the guidelines’ primary aim is to ensure a high level of animal welfare, they also can be useful to better protect the health and safety of anyone involved in the transport process. The guidelines are currently available in English, with Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish versions available in the next few months. 

If you are a professional involved in the transport of pigs (producer, veterinarian, transporter, etc.), you can request a copy through the FVE website http://www.fve.org/or via nancy@fve.org.

For free download you can go under the FVE restricted website http://www.fve.org/members/login.php


FVE (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe) www.fve.org

Copa and Cogeca (European farmers and European agri-cooperatives) www.copa-cogeca.eu

UECBV (European Livestock and Meat Trades Union) www.uecbv.eu

Eurogroup for animals (European organisation on animal welfare) www.eurogroupforanimals.org

Animals’ Angels (international organisation on animal welfare) www.animals-angels.com

IRU (International Road Transport Union) www.iru.org

ELT (European Livestock Transporters) www.european-livestock.com

INAPORC (l’interprofession nationale porcine – France) www.leporc.com

Cooperl Arc Atlantique- www.cooperl.com 

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16-17.04.2015, Brussels, One disaster and One Health: are we prepared ?

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“Natural disasters and "One Health" – Are we prepared?”

Summary of the EventNatural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes or extreme climate conditions, severely challenge the health and welfare of people, animals and the ecosystem; individually and collectively. FVE, in Association with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the participation of the European Commission have organised a conference to discuss this important subject.

Date: 16-17 April 2015

Location: International Auditorium, Boulevard Roi Albert II 5, Brussels – Belgium

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Wild Animals Enforcement Conference: Conclusions are now available

From 19-20 June 2013, VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS together with the Born Free Foundation, FVE and ENDCAP hold the first conference on the protection of wild animals in captivity in the EU: "Wild animals in captivity – Animal welfare, law and enforcement".

The presentations of speakers are now available here, as well as the conclusions and recommendations.

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Result of the Conference "Wild Animals in Captivity – Animal Welfare, Law and Enforcement"

From 19-20 June 2013, VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS together with the Born Free Foundation, FVE and ENDCAP hold the first conference on the protection of wild animals in captivity in the EU: "Wild animals in captivity – Animal welfare, law and enforcement".

 

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19-20.06.2013 Conference: Wild Animals in Captivity – Animal Welfare, Law and Enforcement

Date: 19-20 June 2013

Event: Conference ""Wild animals in captivity – Animal welfare, law and enforcement" organised by VIER PFOTEN/FOUR PAWS together with the Born Free Foundation, FVE and ENDCAP

Location: Brussels, Representation of the State of Lower-Saxony to the EU

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We welcome our new partner: the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)

The European Enforcement Network Team is glad to announce that the wellknown Federation of Veterinarians of Europe became partner of our Website. It is a great honour for us to have among our partner representatives of the Veterinarians who are also playing an important role in enforcement.

 

FVE is an umbrella organisation which aims to promote animal health, animal welfare and public health across Europe. FVE is covering threw his members 38 European countries. Their members are veterinary organisations and are including practitioners, hygienists, Veterinary State Officers or veterinarians in education, research and industry.

 


More information on:

fve2   www.fve.org

 

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