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New EU rules on animal transport are welcomed.

New eu regulations for the protection of animals during transport will help deliver improved animal welfare without placing an unnecessary burden on producers, according to the NFU.

The new regulations, which will come into effect before the end of 2007, will have no impact on journey times and stocking densities but will make it easier to enforce animal transport rules.

NFU livestock transport spokesman Marcus Themans said: "The NFU has consistently argued that current journey times and stocking densities deliver high standards of animal welfare. The new regulations will help tighten the noose on the small minority of operators who are flouting the rules, without punishing the rest of the industry. We believe this will raise enforcement standards across the EU to those currently operating in the UK. We see this move as a positive.

"The fitting of satellite navigation equipment to vehicles and improved journey logs will advance traceability and there are positive animal welfare implications in the introduction of compulsory certified training.

"The fact operators and their vehicles now need to gain pre-approval is good for the industry, and the five-year restriction on pre-approvals will make it harder to operate outside the law."

However Compassion in World Farming said the measures did not go far enough and criticised British ministers for not pushing the reforms further. Chief executive Joyce D'Silva said: "CIWF despairs of the lack of courage shown by the UK Government and by the other member states in failing to tackle this crucial issue, when all of the evidence, scientific research and data points to the need to limit journey times."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2004
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