Donkey Sanctuary campaigns against live transport for slaughter

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Devon-based charity The Donkey Sanctuary has teamed up with a German animal charity to help relieve the suffering of live animals, including horses, transported across Europe to slaughter.

The campaign, which is run by German animal welfare organisation Animals’ Angels, aims to collect a million signatures to send a clear message that “live animals destined for fattening and slaughter must not be transported for more than eight hours”.

Current legislation permits transport over the course of several days and thousands of miles.

Paul Svendsen, director of European operations for The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We are supporting Animals’ Angels’ campaign to limit the travel time for all animals being transported for slaughter to eight hours.

“We have campaigned for years to improve conditions for donkeys and mules transported for meat and we, along with many other welfare organisations, want to see a limit imposed.”

To download a petition form visit: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

For more up-to-date news, see the current issue of Horse & Hound (24 March, 2011)