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Stop The Trucks campaign has received overwhelming support

The ISPCA has been working with Eurogroup for Animals on a number of important animal welfare campaigns to achieve legislative change at an EU level.

The #StopTheTrucks campaign was launched on the backdrop of a Eurobarometer survey showing that a staggering 94 percent of European citizens believe that protecting the welfare of farm animals is important. Every year at least 1 billion poultry and 37 million live cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and equines are transported alive within the European Union (EU) and to Third countries. 

Despite widespread public support and scientific evidence to change the law which governs live animal transportation over the past number of years, the EU has remained unchanged in its view that there is no need to revise the law as “a steady legal situation will allow EU member states and stakeholders to focus on enforcement within a stable legal framework.” 

#StopTheTrucks, which calls on EU decision makers to reduce and ultimately end long distance live animal transportation, exposed the many shortcomings of the current live animal transportation rules, which leave many animals unprotected, sick or dead during transport. This campaign gives a clear signal to the EU to end long distance transportation of live animals as the only way to improve animal welfare.

ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said: “In August 2016, the ISPCA joined Eurogroup for Animals, the leading animal welfare lobbying group in the EU. Eurogroup unites the voices of national and international animal welfare organisations throughout the EU seeking to improve the welfare of millions of animals across the EU and beyond. The ISPCA has been calling for a suspension of live exports to countries outside the EU where animal welfare legislation is ineffectual or non-existent. The ISPCA would like to see livestock slaughtered as close to the point of production as possible and exported on the hook not the hoof. We believe that the Irish Government should invest in the infrastructure that would allow this to happen and to end the need for live transport. We would like to thank our supporters for signing the #StopTheTrucks online petition. In the recent Special Barometer (Attitudes of Europeans toward Animal Welfare), 97% of Irish citizens indicated that they believe that it is important to protect the welfare of farm animals.”

Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals, says: "#StopTheTrucks has exposed the inhumane conditions of animals transported alive. The EU cannot ignore over 1 million signatures from European citizens who want to see an end to the unnecessary pain and suffering of animals in live transport. Currently, the EU Transport Regulation compromises animal welfare. Now is the time for the Commission to step up its game and stop the inhumane trade of live animals."

Earlier this year, MEPs, member state and Commission officials reacted to compelling footage released by the campaign, showing breaches of European animal welfare law and international agreements concerning live animal transport from the EU to Turkey, the Middle East and northern Africa, as well as their slaughter.  The investigation reveals a failure by EU officials to monitor live animal export within and across EU borders. 

MEPs reacted with an official call to the European Parliament for an inquiry into this illegal, unnecessary and immoral treatment of animals. This official inquiry should deliver clear recommendations on what should be done to stop this happening.

Later this year, the #StopTheTrucks signatures will be handed over to the European Commission as a further signal that action needs to be taken to end long distance live animal transportation.

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