Transportation

Key issues

 

Pain and stress

Animals feel pain and stress just like humans do. It is our responsibility as to limit their experience of pain and stress in the meat production process as far as possible.

Overcrowding

Animals are often transported in vehicles that do not leave them enough space. Many are injured or even trampled to death because they do not have an appropriate amount of space around them.

Exhaustion and dehydration

Animals are sometimes in transit for several days. During this time they may suffer extremes of temperature. Cramped conditions increase over-heating in summer, and wind-chill can play a huge factor in vehicles in winter. Sadly, transported animals also often lack sufficient food, water and rest. This is not uncommon as a cause of death for many farm animals. The hardship inflicted on many animals can be so extreme that it damages their immune systems, meaning that they will be more likely to contract diseases.

Our demands

We maintain that, where possible, animals should be slaughtered as close to the point of production as possible. However, where animals are required to be transported, we demand that…

  • All animals should be examined for injuries prior to transportation.
  • Water should be provided to animals during transportation (requiring breaks in the journey if necessary) to prevent dehydration.
  • Ventilation systems are essential for all animals during all methods of transport.
  • Pigs should be fasted before transport, to prevent risk of heart attack, which occurs after over-feeding.
  • Cattle should be provided with sufficient space to stand without contact with their neighbours and to lie down if the journey is more than 12 hours.