Today, Eyes on Animals, Animal Welfare Foundation and Compassion in World Farming held a meeting with the (UECBV) European Livestock and Meat Trading Union to discuss what measures their Union could take to decrease the suffering of animals on board EU trucks heading to the border of Turkey. A Dutch transporter who regularly transports animals from Austria and Hungary to Turkey joined us, as he shares our serious concerns for the situation at the border and the abnormal number of trucks in violation being let through. The problems were set on the table and we then brainstormed together what action could be taken. The UECBV has agreed to inform its members of the Turkish import requirements and the most important EU welfare rules that must be paid better attention to, so that hopefully fewer livestock trucks will run into problems with the authorities once at the border, and the animals having to wait for hours and even days.. The UECBV will also have a word with the European Livestock Transport Union and try to get representatives from the main exporting countries, as well as from Turkey, to sit down at a table with us to finally draw up a plan of action and recognize the urgency.
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