Plans for a veterinary-led European Transport Forum will be announced at BEVA Congress by president Madeleine Campbell. The forum will discuss how the welfare of horses during transport can be improved through the better enforcement of legislation.
Plans for a veterinary-led European Transport Forum to discuss how the welfare of horses during transport can be improved through the better enforcement of legislation, will be announced at BEVA Congress by association president Madeleine Campbell.
The forum, which will be held in Brussels on November 29, has been jointly organised by BEVA and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), and is sponsored by World Horse Welfare. It will review the enforcement of the existing European regulations that currently govern the transport of horses for slaughter and for other purposes.
Areas for practical improvement will be identified, with the key focus on the enforcement of current legislation and the role of vets in ensuring that the welfare of horses in transit is protected. The conference will endeavour to define the critical control points, effective control systems and good practices. It will also look into trade flows, animal health risks, horse identification and the effects of closing horse slaughterhouses.
It is hoped that the forum will be attended by more than 150 participants, including representatives of EU Member States, CVOs, members of the European Commission and European Parliament, scientific experts, national veterinary organisations, animal transport associations and animal welfare associations.
Dr Campbell, who is also the BVA representative on the FVE working party for transport, said: “It is all very well to campaign for new regulations but at present even the existing regulations are not being enforced adequately. The crux of the matter is enforcement and there are none better placed to help with this than vets. If we can all work collectively we should have the strength to make a real impact. This is what the forum is about.”
BEVA Congress runs from September 8-11 at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Dr Campbell will speak about the European Transport Forum at a press conference on September 10, between 9am and 10am.
For further congress information, or to register, visit www.beva.org.uk