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BRUSSELS: February 05, 2016. The World Horse Welfare and Federation of Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA) is part of a group of stakeholders that have released guidelines to assess whether an equine is fit for transport.

Intradco horseThe move, which has been welcomed by the European Commission (EC), is aimed at reducing the risk of animal disease while enabling logistics companies to avoid penalties, financial losses and the possible withdrawal of licenses.

The group said that while the guidelines will help protect animal welfare, they also aim to help protect the health and safety of transport professionals in the enforcement and understanding of EU regulation 1/2005 that states: “No animal shall be transported unless it is fit for the intended journey.”

The new publication has been endorsed by Andrea Gavinelli, head of the EC unit for Official Controls and Eradication of Diseases in Animals, who commented: “These guidelines will be an essential resource for anyone involved in the transportation of horses, donkeys, mules or their hybrids and I am pleased that the Commission has been able to support their production and dissemination.”

Last month the EC announced it had committed over €160 million to support eradication, control and surveillance programs that aim to eliminate animal diseases as well as further strengthen the protection of human and animal health.

The new guidelines are in English with Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish versions available in the next few months. For more information: Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, www.fve.org

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