Together with more than 35 other international animal-welfare organizations, Eyes on Animals has sent an urgent letter to the European Commission. Click HERE to read the letter.
We urge urged the EU to stop the international transport of animals immediately, now that all the “Corona” measures have left many borders barely open, locked completely or with frequently changing policies.
What are the measures in question?
• To suspend all land and sea exports of live farm animals to non-EU countries.
There is a substantial risk that ships arriving in ports of non-EU countries will not be allowed to unload animals as countries are closing their borders; this leads to enormous animal welfare problems.
• Stop all transport of farm animals on journeys longer than 8 hours that cross borders.
• Until this trade is suspended, the Commission and Member States should ensure rapid communication between CVOs and Member States’ national contact points.
This way organizers of livestock transport can avoid problems such as getting live animals stuck at border crossings with long queues or no where to go.
We hope the European Commission will respond to our letter of urgency and act vigorously.