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New Regulation on the protection of animals during transport
12 November 2006

Animal transporters can, from today, apply for authorisation to carry animals under new rules which become law in January.

The new regulations come into effect on January 5th 2007 and are intended to improve the welfare of animals during transport. They will apply to anyone moving live vertebrate animals as part of their business.

Two types of authorisation will be issued, one for short journeys (over 65km and up to eight hours) and one for long journeys including those of eight hours and over.

Farmers moving their own animals in their own vehicles under 50km from their holdings will be exempt, as will anyone transporting animals for veterinary treatment or for purposes not connected with an economic activity Transporting pets, hobby animals or single animals will also not require authorisation.

The transport authorisations, which will be issued by the State Veterinary Service, are currently free and last for five years.

Full details of how to apply are at:



  1. EU Regulation 1/2005 on the Welfare of Animals During Transport comes into force across Member States on January 5th 2007. The Regulation will be implemented in England by the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 2006. Parallel legislation will be introduced in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  2. The Regulation applies to the transport of all live vertebrate animals in connection with an economic activity. A summary of the Regulation is available on the EU website at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/animal/welfare/transport/index_en.htm
  3. Guidance notes on the Regulation are being prepared. A draft working copy of this guidance will be posted on the website shortly. The Regulation itself can be viewed on teh Europa website: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2005/l_003/l_00320050105en00010044.pdf