What is wrong?

Each year at least 1 billion poultry and 37 million live cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and equines are transported over long distances within the EU and to third countries.

Their journey can last several days, often over thousands of kilometers, exposing them to exhaustion, dehydration, injuries, disease, and even death. Not even the old, the weak, the newly born are spared. Worn-out animals, weakened by years of production in confinement, with brittle or broken bones. Young calves unweaned forced to stand, for hours and days, in crowded trucks, unfed, unrested. All undergo the same ordeal.

There is strong public support for limiting the transportation of live animals and yet so far these voices have not been heard.

We call for transport of meat instead on transport of live animals. Remaining live animal transportation must be limited to 8 hours for mammals and 4 hours for poultry.

Let your voice count.
Let’s stop long distance transport of live animals.


In 2014 the three governments of Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark sent the European Commission an official request for a revision of the EU Animal Transport Regulation (2005/1). Later in 2015, Sweden joined this ministerial group calling upon the Commission to revise the Regulation. A revision would allow to make the current provisions more enforceable, by revising species-specific journey times, and introducing stricter and more specific requirements for the quality of transport as well as the level of education of drivers and handlers.

This campaign calls upon the governments from the other EU Member States to support the ministerial request for a revision of the Transport Regulation. Read and send the letter HERE


More and more retailers are seizing market opportunities to drive change (and improvements) in the food chain. Consumers have great power to reward retailers that introduce policies for better animal welfare that go beyond the minimum requirements set by legislation. In relation to transport, pioneer schemes exist that promote national or regional meat, and these should be supported. In general, the European Country of Origin Labelling requirement means that, if the country of origin is printed on the label, then the meat in the container will come from an animal that has been born, fattened and slaughtered in that country.

Some members of Eurogroup for Animals have their own certification schemes that promote good animal welfare. These labels are Beter Leven in the Netherlands, Tierschutz-kontrolliert in Germany, Anbefalet af Dyrene Beskyttelse in Denmark, RSPCA Assured in the UK, Für Mehr Tierschutz in Germany.

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Help Eurogroup for Animals and its members across Europe to Stop The Trucks

— Eurogroup for Animals Team —



Members participating in this campaign

RSPCADyrenes BeskyttelseVier PfotenGAIADieren Bescherming
AndaAnimal ActionAnimal Welfare FoundationDjurens RattThe Dondey SanctuaryDetuscher Tierschutz BundFondation Brigitte BardotOtwarte KlatkiL214LAVSEYTierschutzbund ZürichWelfarmWorld Horse WelfareCompassion in World FarmingSloboda ZvieratDzīvnieku Draugs

Special thanks to Eyes on Animals for their help in our campaign.

If you want to learn more about Eurogroup for Animals and its members click here.

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