Total number of farm animals exported from the EU every year
Time needed for sheep to recover from a 14-hour journey
The time after which experts say animals in transport really start to suffer
Annual live exports of cows and sheep from Australia
The number of sheep who died when the MV Uniceb caught fire in 1996
Animals suffering worldwide as a result of long distance transport
Animals are crammed into vehicles.
Overcrowding will mean that some cannot lie down at all, while those who do may be injured or trampled to death. Others endure long journeys with legs trapped and injured, or painfully stooping as they are not given sufficient headroom.
They can be in transit for days, suffering extremes of temperature and often without sufficient food, water or rest. Many die as a result.
Animals are sentient beings and feel pain and stress just like we do.
Animals are transported in both blistering heat and freezing conditions. Trucks may be faulty, and cause limbs to be trapped or animals to stoop for days on end. Some will be injured as those around them panic. Water may not be provided throughout these long journeys.
Animals’ immune systems are often reduced as a result of the hardship of long distance transport, resulting in diseases being caught more easily.
Animals will often be shipped alive, only to be slaughtered at journey’s end using inhumane methods.
In particular, when animals are exported from Europe to countries outside the EU they leave behind them all the legal protection they once received. This means they can face terrible abuse during transport and at the time of slaughter.
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