Animals in transit to be given more space to improve livestock welfare

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In a major development in the life of livestock all across Wales, there will now be stricter rules that are set in place to ensure that livestock welfare is improved. This is set to take place in the event of a transit that entails extreme temperatures and a maximum journey length between four and 24 hours.

This shift is mainly driven by new evidence that is surfacing and pointing towards these longer trips causing heat stress, dehydration as well as injuries to the livestock.

There is also a multitude of proposals that look into the banning of the import of hunting trophies of endangered animals as well.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said the measures had been agreed upon in collaboration with the farming industry and welfare groups.

“We are legislating to ban the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening, and are now developing other measures to improve the welfare of animals during transport,” he said.

Additionally, the Welsh Government’s minister for rural affairs almost maintained that the welfare of animals is important and takes great pride in delivering high standards of practices.

Furthermore, there are steps being taken to ensure that animal transporters are trained and there will be new standards developed to ensure that an animal’s fitness to travel is taken into account as well.

The Animal Welfare Bill would make the UK the first European country to ban animals being sent out of the nation for slaughter, and forms a part of the post-Brexit welfare proposals.

This bill also looks at tackling issues such as dog theft and puppy smuggling while also looks at improving zoo regulations to ensure they are contributing to conservation.

There is even a second piece of legislation that is being developed that is looking at formally recognizing animals as sentient beings.

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