European Parliament Motion for a resolution on animal transport

On August 9 the European Parliament has published a motion for a resolution on animal transport . 

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–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport acts to protect animals in transit in all the Member States in order to prevent them suffering unnecessarily;

B.  whereas Article 13 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) stipulates that the Union and the Member States are to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals as sentient beings when formulating and implementing policies;

C.  whereas the European Court of Justice has ruled in Case C-424/13 that the Regulation has to be complied with in non-EU countries too if the animals concerned started their journey in an EU Member State;

D.  whereas investigations conducted over five years into animal transport conditions at the Turkish border in Kapikule have revealed animals forced to travel in extremely high temperatures, without any food or water, without sufficient headroom, some injured, all crammed together in their own excrement and with no possibility of receiving any care;

E.  whereas Italian exports to Turkey quadrupled between 2014 and 2015;

1.  Calls on the Commission to draw up measures that put protection of animal welfare before the commercial interests of the states involved in animal transport operations.


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