18. October 2019

License denied for long-distance transport vehicles for unweaned calves

In a report by the Friedrich-Löffler-Institute (FLI), Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, the license for a special vehicle for the long-distant transports of so called unweaned calves (2-8 weeks old) was denied. This vehicle type is equipped with pivot drinkers which were supposed to ensure that calves are provided with the supplies they need during transport. However, the report stated that the vehicles were not suitable to ensure the behavioural welfare of calves in the way that it is prescribed by animal protections laws during transport. 

Consequently, no transports of this type should be allowed in Germany and therefore, long-distant transports of calves should not be permitted either.