Once the animals have arrived at the port of destination, they are loaded onto trucks and transported to slaughter sites. Furthermore, the slaughter methods in many destination countries are ethically highly questionable.
In Switzerland, the actual driving time when transporting animals is limited to six hours, while the total transport time, including loading and waiting periods, may not exceed eight hours. However, the authorities tolerate longer transport times for poultry; violations of the maximum transport duration have recently been documented (see SRF program "Kassensturz" from April 24, 2018
The road transit of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry for slaughter through Switzerland is prohibited under article 175 of the Animal Welfare Ordinance. However, the transit ban for long-distance transports is frequently the subject of political debate because Switzerland is gradually adopting EU law.
Because Switzerland imports high quantities of animal products the issue of long-distance animal transports directly affects us. There is no way of ensuring the well-being of the animals on these long journeys and that is also the focus of the world "Stop Live Transport" day, which calls attention to the suffering of the animals on the way to their deaths. Initiated by the organization Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
, campaigns and events by various animal welfare and animal rights organizations are taking place around the world today. The goal is to bring about a change in consumer behavior and in subsidy policies..
TIR urges consumers to make informed decisions, take responsibility and keep the facts in mind when shopping. The demand for such products is the main reason why this ruthless animal transport system is still in place despite the years of criticism brought against it.