Inspection of the pre-transport condition of individual animals is needed for the assessment of fitness for transport.
Under practical conditions, the clinical examination of each individual animal needs to be relatively fast as most journeys involve many animals. Two key areas to focus on during inspections on fitness for transport can be distinguished, based on the central roles they play in the description of fitness for transport in Council Regulation (EC 1/2005). For these key areas, indicators relevant for the different pig categories are suggested. Animals that should not be considered fit for transport are those:
- Presenting signs of pathological processes or injuries
- Having physiological weaknesses
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