Call to improve European horse transport

By: Horse Deals

Call to improve European horse transport
Call to improve European horse transport
Plans for a veterinary-led European Transport Forum will be announced at the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress (8-11 September), to discuss how the welfare of horses during transport can be improved through the better enforcement of legislation.
Leading the discussions will be BEVA president, Madeleine Campbell, who is also the British Veterinary Association (BVA) representative on the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) working party for transport.
The Forum, which will be held in Brussels on 29 November, has been jointly organised by the FVE and BEVA and is sponsored by World Horse Welfare (WHW).
It is hoped that it will be attended by more than 150 participants, including representatives of EU Member States, CVOs, Members of the European Commission and European Parliament, scientific experts, national veterinary organisations, animal transport associations and animal welfare associations.
The Forum will review the enforcement of the existing European regulations that currently govern the transport of horses for slaughter and for other purposes. Areas for practical improvement will be identified with the key focus on the enforcement of current legislation and the role of vets in ensuring that the welfare of horses in transit is protected. The conference will endeavour to define the critical control points, effective control systems and good practices. It will also look into trade flows, animal health risks, horse identification and the effects of closing horse slaughterhouses.
Dr Campbell said: "It is all very well to campaign for new regulations but at present even the existing regulations are not being enforced adequately. The crux of the matter is enforcement and there are none better placed to help with this than vets. If we can all work collectively we should have the strength to make a real impact. This is what the Forum is about."