Renovation and promoting high quality control posts in the European Union: a new control post certification scheme for more animal welfare
Animal welfare during transport has received increasing interest in recent years. Animals going through markets, to fattening farms or to slaughter are often transported in trucks over long distances. During transportation animal welfare can be affected. Since 1997 the EU regulates the protection of animals during transport. These regulations require that animals which have been transported over a certain period of time, have to be unloaded in so-called control posts.
After 24 hours (pigs) or 29 hours (cattle) of transport animals have to be unloaded in control posts. Here they are fed, watered and rested. To increase the quality of these facilities the directorate General for Health & Consumers (DG SANCO) has financed the described project. The objective is planning, designing, financing, building and renovation of 12 control posts, allocated near to the main routes of long term animal transport, according to criteria of a feasibility study.
Animal Welfare during the stay in the control post is compared by an independent scientific assessment scheme before and after renovation. The results will be used to set up a certification scheme for control posts. Furthermore it is planned to set up an EU-wide online booking system for control posts. In addition, e-learning modules will be developed to strengthen the awareness for animal welfare in all parties involved and to supply them with information. The results will be spread by handbooks, a website and an international stakeholder-conference.
Scientific partners for the implementation of this Project are:
- Research Centre for Animal Production of Reggio Emilia (CRPA), Italy;
- Instituto G. Caporale Teramo (ICT), Italy;
- Wageningen Livestock Research (WUR), Netherlands;
- Institut de Recerca i Tenologia Agroalimentaries (IRTA), Spain;
- Baltic Control Ltd., Denmark;
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SE), Sweden;
- Institut de L’Elevage, France;
- Institut du Porc (IFIP), France;
- Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Germany;
- Warsaw University of Life Science, Faculty of Economic Science (SGGW), Poland;
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven), Belgium;
- National Agricultural Research Foundation-Veterinary Research Institute (NAGREF), Greece.