Excerpts from the animal welfare guidelines "Transport of Animals by Land"

OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2008)

Fitness to travel

  1. Each animal should be inspected by a veterinarian or an animal handler to assess fitness to travel. If its fitness to travel is in doubt the animal should be examined by a veterinarian. Animals found unfit to travel should not be loaded onto a vehicle, except for transport to receive veterinary attention.

  2. Humane and effective arrangements should be made by the owner and the agent for the handling and care of any animal rejected as unfit to travel.

  3. Animals that are unfit to travel include, but may not be limited to:

  4. Risks during transport can be reduced by selecting animals best suited to the conditions or travel and those that are acclimatised to expected weather conditions.

  5. Animals at particular risk of suffering poor welfare during transport and which require special conditions (such as in the design of facilities and vehicles, and the length of the journey) and additional attention during transport, may include:

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