Inspections of Commercial Animal Transports 2020

The proportion of non-compliances in animal transport (8 %) returned to the level of previous years after the increase in 2019 (12%). Shortcomings were found in a total of 33 out of 432 transports, and a total of 97 individual shortcomings were detected.

The breaches were largely the same as in previous years. Almost two-thirds of all non-compliances observed were shortcomings in transport documents, driver certifications and authorisation to transport animals. The second most common deficiencies were related to the condition and safety of the vehicle and adherence to the additional requirements for long-distance transports. The third most common shortcomings were found in transport practices and compliance with space requirements. Two transports did not have equipment for putting down animals available.

Shortcomings in compliance with legislation were observed in 43 % of inspections of horse transports. However, the shortcomings were mainly not such that they would have directly affected the welfare of the transported horses. The identified shortcomings were a lack of an authorisation, a certificate of competence or a transport document, with the exception of one transport operation involving loose items in the same space where horses were being transported.

18 reindeer transports were inspected, of which five were found to have shortcomings. One had shortcomings in the lighting, and the other shortcomings were related to missing records on the transport. 

The number of inspections on transports of animals being transferred to other farms, i.e. calves and piglets, increased (27 inspections). One transport was found to have a driver without a certificate of competence, and in another, the hatch meant for a more detailed inspection during the transport of the animals was stuck.

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