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Transport of livestock, general requirements - DE Bioland 2005

Huber, Beate (2006) Transport of livestock, general requirements - DE Bioland 2005. [Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91]

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Summary

Short distances for animal transport or transporting carcsses should be preferred. The transport to the slaughter house may not exceed 200 km or 4 hours (exceptions can be admitted by BIOLAND). The animals may not be driven by means of striking instruments or electric devices. Animals must be given sufficient water before and during transport. The animals should not starved for long periods before slaughtering. Specific indications are given for transport of ruminants, pigs and poultry (i.e.: aeration of transport vehicles, milking before transport, separate transport of male and female animals, transporting in the dark) (Bioland production standards, 4.3.3 Transport and slaughter, 4.3.3.1 General; Bioland production standards, 4.3.3 Transport and slaughter, 4.3.3.2 Transport of the animals for slaughter)

Difference

The BIOLAND standard is more detailed than the EU Regulation 2092/91 by limiting the distance and duration of transport to the slaughterhouse, and prohibiting the use of any striking instruments. Indications for certain types on animals are not given. According to the EU Regulation stress for the animals has to be avoided during transport, driving animals with electrical devices is prohibited as well as the use of allopathic traquilisers. Within the EU Regulation nothing is mentioned about the distance or duration of transport, but it is stated, that the legal provisions of the member EU states have to be complied with.

Justification

In order to contribute to the well-being of the animals (the individual needs of the species have to be considered!) and avoid suffering.

EU Regulation

Annex I. Principles of organic production and processing > B.Livestock and livestock products - Annex I B > Animal husbandry, management, transport, identification of livestock products/slaughter - Annex I B6

Item type:Organic rules - Differences between other regulations/standards and EEC No 2092/91
Subjects:Animal husbandry > Slaughter
Animal husbandry > Transport
Country/Standard: Europe > Germany > Bioland
Principles:Principle of fairness
Principle of health
ID Code:686
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006
Last Modified:16 Apr 2010 13:00

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