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First Humane Livestock Transportation Council Meeting

by 5m Editor
8 September 2009, at 8:28am

US - American Humane Certified has convened the first meeting of Humane Livestock Transportation Council.

American Humane Certified, the farm animal welfare programme of the American Humane Association, convened the first meeting of the Humane Livestock Transportation Council on 26 and 27 August at the organisation's national headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

The council consists of 25 animal science and welfare professionals, leading equipment manufacturers, engineers and industry representatives.

The Humane Livestock Transportation Council discussed existing industry guidelines for livestock transport, transport issues relative to animal welfare and future trends in US livestock transportation. Committees were named and timelines developed for critical paths leading to the development of animal welfare standards and best practices, as well as humane training programmes.

"This initial meeting highlighted the need for consistent and integrated welfare standards in the livestock transportation industry," said Tim Amlaw, director of American Humane Certified.

He added: "Various trade groups are currently working on animal welfare issues in transportation. The council will incorporate that work and hopefully bring all parties to consensus on an effective and practical set of standards for humane livestock transportation in the United States. Development of humane training for all employees in the industry will be an integral part of the council's work."

American Humane Certified will continue its research on equipment design and technology, as well as research on monitoring livestock in transport. There will be frequent meetings with the committees using a dedicated Humane Livestock Transportation Council web site [click here].