EU: Europe Wide – A New Written Declaration (WD) For Animals in Transport – 8 Hours Maximum Journey Time – Please Get Your MEPs To Add Their Signature Now !

A Written Declaration has now been produced by some MEPs who are in favour of the 8 hour maximum journey time for animals in transport.  Your help is needed to ensure that this legislation passes within the EU Parliament.

Please use the following link  to find out which of your national MEPs have / have not signed the Written Declaration. The green mark by their individual name means that the MEP has signed.   

Check which MEPs have / have not signed: 

If they have not signed, please contact them immediately and ask them to do so – to sign  Written Declaration 49/2011

Find all individual MEPs via the following link: 

Then further click on any individual MEP name to gain access to their specific e mail ‘contact’ information.


Written Declaration 49/2011

This Written Declaration will become an official position of the Parliament if it is signed by the majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) by 15th March 2012.

*** We need 369 signatures to succeed ***

By clicking on the above link, you will find the complete list of MEPs. The green mark means that the MEP has signed.

You can find the text of the declaration in all the 22 EU languages by clicking on the relevant national flags given in the above link.

The (English) version of the WD wording is as follows:


30.11.2011 0049/2011


pursuant to Rule 123 of the Rules of Procedure on the establishment of a maximum 8-hour journey limit for animals transported in the European Union for the purpose of being slaughtered

Dan Jørgensen, Esther de Lange, Pavel Poc, Carl Schlyter, Andrea Zanoni

Lapse date: 15.3.2012

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Written declaration on the establishment of a maximum 8-hour journey limit for animals transported in the European Union for the purpose of being slaughtered

The European Parliament,

– having regard to Article 13 of the Lisbon Treaty,

– having regard to the European Parliament resolution of 5 May 2010 on the evaluation of the Animal Welfare Action Plan 2006-2010,

– having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas Regulation 1/2005 acknowledges in its recitals that ‘the transport of animals over long journeys, including animals for slaughter, should be limited as far as possible’ but still allows very long transports in terms of distance and duration, causing animals severe distress, suffering and even death during such journeys;

1. Notes that the petition calling for the establishment of a maximum 8-hour journey limit for animals sent for slaughter is supported by nearly one million Europeans;

2. Calls on the Commission and the Council to review Regulation 1/2005 to establish a maximum 8-hour limit for the journeys of animals transported for the purpose of being slaughtered;

3. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission and the governments of the Member States.



All photos – Britsh animals being exported live from the Uk (port – Ramsgate, Kent, England) by Dutch exporters.

Visit ‘Kent Action Against Live Exports’ (KAALE) – ENGLAND – for much more information and hundreds of photographs.

Website –

All photos by V. Cameron – KAALE.

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