Commission adopts proposal to improve transport conditions of animals on long-haul trips within the EU
The new proposal introduces strict standards in terms of ventilation, temperature and humidity control in vehicles transporting livestock on journeys longer than eight hours. Once adopted, all new livestock transport vehicles must conform to the new rules by January 2002. Older vehicles will have until the end of December 2003, at the latest, to conform to the new regulations. These new rules will only apply to animals transported within the EU.