Vidmantas Paulauskas, Deputy Director of the State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS), discussed and brought forward some proposals to improve animal welfare and protection requirements when transporting during the online meeting with representatives of the European Parliament today. Attending the meeting, V. Paulauskas welcomed the European Parliament’s initiative to reduce the negative impact on the health of farm animals during their transportation and its aim of harmonizing transport requirements not only in the EU but also in non-EU countries.
“Transportation causes stress for the animals, hence ensuring transport conditions that are safe and do not pose any risk to their health is one of our priorities,” V. Paulauskas said.
The Deputy Director made proposals to the representatives of the European Parliament and confirmed the need to establish a unified road vehicle navigation system data monitoring process, which would enable a real time supervision and control of animals during transport on a regular basis. He also stressed the need to establish an efficient communication system between the competent authorities of non-EU countries in order to expeditiously address animal transport issues when necessary. Besides, V. Paulauskas highlighted the importance of extending the number of resting places for animals in non-EU countries. Lithuania also proposes to specify the control requirements for the transport of animals by vessels. These proposals from Lithuania and other countries will be further discussed in the European Parliament.
It was noted at the meeting that sanctions for animal welfare violations have already been tightened in Lithuania and that the level of penalties has been significantly increased.
Please be aware that according to the decision of Mantas Staškevičius, Director of the SFVS, controls on the transport of farm animals have now been tightened due to the high air temperature in the country and in the neighboring countries. Transporters unable to ensure adequate conditions for the transport of animals due to excessively high temperature shall not be issued with travel documents.