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Strategic research for agriculture, food and the rural economy

The impact of legislation on the welfare of animals during transport

This project set out to assess what impact legislation (specifically EC 01/2005) has had on the protection of animals (pigs, sheep, cows, horses, ponies, layer hens and broilers) during transport. Through a combination of desk-research, interviews with industry bodies, a telephone survey of farmers, one-to-one surveys of farmers and hauliers at livestock markets, and telephone surveys of livestock market and abattoir operators, the project provided answers to the following questions:

  1. Has legislation driven improvements in welfare status?
  2. Has legislation led to unintended consequences that may have reduced animal welfare?
  3. Is there a better suite of indicators that might be used to demonstrate changes in the welfare of animals during transport?
  4. What additional non-legislative strategies could be used to further improve the welfare of animals during transport?
Client: 
Defra
Project Partners: 
Jamie Robertson
Martin Potter