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Proposals aim to improve the welfare of farmed horses during transport

https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2022/09/16/proposals-improve-welfare-horses-transport/

Farmed animals, including horses, require more space, lower temperatures, and reduced journey times to improve their welfare when being transported in Europe.

The recommendations have been published by the European Food Safety Authority. It provides them to the European Commission in a series of five scientific opinions intended to support its ongoing review of animal welfare legislation in the European Union.

One of those papers, titled Opinion on the welfare of equine during transport, lays out the issues identified with current practices, and lists a series of recommendations to improve welfare.

The papers identify the various welfare consequences that farm animals may experience during different stages of transportation, the hazards potentially causing them, and the animal-based measures by which they can be assessed. For all species, being fit for transport is of the greatest importance.

An average of 170,000 horses were transported between European member states each year from 2019-2021, across all means of transport. Road transport constituted 85% of total horse transport during this period. [more]