Detailed summary of the proposed new animal transport regulations
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CTA. 2003. Detailed summary of the proposed new animal transport regulations. Agritrade, September 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A new web document provides a detailed summary of...
A new web document provides a detailed summary of the Commission's proposed regulation on animal transport. The regulation if adopted would: introduce much stricter rules for journeys longer than nine hours (including more detailed stipulations of maximum travel times by type of animal; the status of the animal and space requirements per animal); introduce a clear allocation of responsibilities to those involved in the animal transport chain; introduce stricter enforcement; require better-trained officials; introduce new rules for livestock markets; introduce official authorisation for those involved in animal transport; require approval of the lorries used in animal transport. Comment: Given that in due course the EU is likely to seek international application of these or similar standards for animals destined for marketing on the EU market, these new regulations could potentially have profound implications for extensive cattle-ranching economies such as those in Botswana and Namibia. This is particularly the case for small-scale farmers whose operations are often remote from the established processing infrastructure. These regulations need to be seen against the backdrop of the unit-cost implications of increasingly strict EU SPS controls on livestock products.