This dossier aims to help inspectors of Competent Authorities with issues related to assessment of fitness for transport and criteria and circumstances leading to a decision of ‘unfit for transport’.
The dossier is based on EURCAW-Pigs “Review of fitness for transport of pigs”. Two key focus areas during inspections of fitness for transport can be distinguished, based on their central roles in the description of fitness for transport in Council Regulation (EC 1/2005). Animals that should not be considered fit for transport are those:
- presenting signs of pathological processes, e.g., when wounded or in pain;
- having physiological weaknesses, e.g., related to higher stress susceptibility, or certain age groups or certain stages of the production cycle.
- Review of fitness for transport of pigs (version 1.0), EURCAW-Pigs, 2021
- Thematic factsheet on fitness for transport of pigs, EURCAW-Pigs, 2021 (forthcoming)
- Fitness of animals for transport to slaughter, Cockram, Canadian Veterinary Journal 60(4), pp. 423-429, 2019
- Guide to good practices for the transport of pigs, Animal Transport Guides project, 2017
- Overview report – systems to prevent the transport of unfit animals in the EU, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission, 22 p. 2016
- Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations, EC, 2004
- Perspectives on transportation issues: The importance of having physically fit cattle and pigs, Grandin, 2001; Journal of Animal Science, 79, pp. E201–E207, 2001
Each EURCAW-Pigs dossier addresses the following 5 items: ‘Legislation', ‘Welfare indicators’, ‘Knowledge’, 'Inspiring examples' and 'Training courses'.