More than one million signatures have been collected by 8hours, to ask European politicians to modify the current law that allow long animal transports.
The 8 hours campaign wants to change the current EU legislation allows for animals to be transported for several days. This has to be changed.
Live animals for slaughter should never be transported for more than eight hours.
Behind this campaign there is the association ANIMALS’ ANGELS. This organisation monitors the situation animals and they have found out how inhuman are the conditions during the transportation.
In 2010 ANIMALS’ ANGELS observed 44 irregular long distance transports within Europe – 43 were found to be carried out in a way likely to cause undue suffering to the animals.
The Animal’s Angels volunteers regularly finds animals suffering from thirst or hunger. Often the water systems are not adequate for the animal species transported, or they are constructed in a way that prevents the animals from reaching them.
Water troughs are dirty or they are not connected to the water tank, or they do not function at all. A very common problem is also the lack of space on the truck – only animals which are close to the water trough have half a chance to actually reach it.
The others go without. The result is serious dehydration, possible illness and collapse.
Unweaned calves suffer especially from lack of appropriate treatment, as they cannot be fed on board. It is not possible to work the commonly used drinking systems with the liquid necessary for unweaned calves. Also they cannot adequately use the drinking devices (bite nipples) commonly installed on
trucks. Therefore thousands of calves suffer regularly from hunger and thirst for thousands of kilometers.
Every year millions of animals are transported along European highways, and too often under unacceptable conditions.
In 2002, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare published the report “The Welfare of Animals during Transport” concluding that animal transports, as a ground rule, should be as short as possible. This recommendation is, however, not reflected in the current EU legislation.
Even if this is an important campaign and this time something could really change, it is up to us, we can change the meat market.
On the shelves of our supermarkets we found meat from all around the world.
Very often the animals are slaughtered not in the country in which are raised. This subjects them to long trips in cattle wagons in which some of them died from the terrible conditions in which they are transported.
I am not a vegetarian but I always buy origin controlled meat and 0 km.
Meat is one of the most pollutant product that we eat. So we have to reduce our weakly consume and we have to buy only local meat.
My grandfather had a farm where he breaded calves. I milked my first cow at the age of five and I have learned from him to respect those animals.
It is not right to let them be tortured so let’s buy only the local meat from bio farms.
If you want to donate to support the campaign just go on the Animal’s Angels web site