“Good animal welfare practices not only reduce unnecessary suffering, but also help improve animal health. This is a key element for the safety of the food chain given the close links between animal welfare, animal health and foodborne diseases, in line with the One Health principle to which EFSA is committed. is committed,” said Guilhem de Seze, head of EFSA. Risk Assessment Production Department.
EFSA has developed quantitative thresholds for the temperatures that must be maintained in a vehicle as well as minimum space allowances for animals. EFSA also describes the development or progression of various other well-being consequences over time during transport, such as hunger, thirst and fatigue.
For example, for animals transported in containers (poultry and rabbits), EFSA recommends that the journey time be considered as the total residence time of the animals in the containers. The only way to avoid consequences for the welfare of day-old chicks is to transport the fertilized eggs and hatch them at the destination farm.
Current EU legislation on the protection of animals during transport came into force in 2005. As part of the F2F strategy, EFSA’s findings will support the ongoing review of legislation by the European Commission in the aim to align it with the latest scientific evidence, broaden its scope, facilitate its application and ultimately ensure a higher level of animal welfare. The Commission proposal is expected in the second half of 2023.
Upcoming Public Animal Welfare Event
On 26 September, EFSA is organizing a public event where it will present the results of scientific advice on animal transport and its recently published advice on the welfare of farmed pigs. More information can be found at this link.