Michael Cashman, Labour’s MEP for the West Midlands, has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament which recommends an 8 hour limit on journey times for live animals being transported for slaughter.
Mr Cashman said, “I know from my post bag that a lot of people in the West Midlands are concerned about the movement of animals. Many animals are subjected to days of transportation, often in overcrowded vehicles and with no breaks for rest, food and water.
“This sort of treatment is completely unacceptable and that is why Labour MEPs remain committed to improving animal welfare practices.
“Animals should not be transported for more than 8 hours and I hope that this vote will put pressure on the European Commission to reduce the limits by law.”
Labour’s support for limiting journey times is backed by the latest scientific evidence from the European Food Security Authority, and has also been welcomed by animal welfare charities.
Mr Cashman added, “Over 1.1 million from across the EU have signed up to the ‘8 hours’ campaign and I am delighted that the European Parliament has listened to its citizens and voted in favour putting animal welfare first.”
•The vote took place at a meeting of the Parliament’s Strasbourg Plenary on 12th December 2012.
•Michael Cashman voted in favour of the specific ‘8 hours’ text.
•The following West Midlands MEPs votes against the specific ‘8 hours’ text: Philip Bradbourne (Con), Malcolm Harbour (Con), Anthea McIntyre (Con), Phillip Bennion (Lib Dem).
•The following West Midlands MEP abstained on the specific ’8 hours text’: Nikki Sinclaire (Ind)