Many millions of animals are transported every day around the world. Most animals farmed for human consumption are transported at least once, if not many more times, during their lifetime. It is important that these journeys are kept as stress- and injury-free as possible.
Historically, the HSA’s activities included pressing for a ban on live transport of animals destined for consumption. A temporary ban was achieved although trade was resumed in 1975. The HSA also worked for many years to have cattle arriving in Glasgow by ship from Ireland transported to the abattoir by rail rather than walked through the city, and in 1941 this resulted in the necessary rail lines being laid.
The HSA released its first transport training video in 1989. ‘The Road Ahead’, was updated in 2000 and translated into ten languages. The award-winning video has become an industry standard in the UK for training drivers in the welfare of animals during transport. In 2012, the HSA supported the production of a new training video specifically for fire and rescue services dealing with livestock transport emergencies.
A new EU Regulation on the protection of animals during transport and related operations came into force in 2007. The HSA subsequently produced guidance on the new Regulation to assist those involved in the commercial transport of farm animals, horses, poultry and farmed fish.
The HSA organises workshops and conferences to enable exchange of ideas on best practice for live animal transport. The Association also supports and collaborates on research into the welfare of farmed animal species during transport, including investigations into vehicle design, journey times, and drive quality.
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