Today instructors from Eyes on Animals and TSB|AWF gave a successful presentation about practical issues of live animal transportation. We were invited by Dr Laszlo Pallos, the Hungarian National Animal Welfare Officer and Contact Point to the EU in farm animal welfare-related issues, after the EU inspectors found some deficiencies in the practical application of the 1/2005 EU Regulation in Hungary last year. We focused on how a state officer could carry out more thorough inspections and take more effective correcting measures. The participating 22 animal welfare officers were representing all counties of Hungary, and were very keen on the information they received, such as the proper authorization procedure of an international live animal transport, especially if it goes outside of the EU and how to check the validity of the documents if the transport changes from road to a marine journey.
All in all we were very satisfied with this audience because we felt we could provide them with a handful of useful tips they could use in their daily job. It is in our plan for next year to visit the offices of these officials in each Hungarian county and repeat this theory training and in addition have a practical component where we check on livestock trucks together.