Welfare group urges farmers to limit transport during extreme heat

Ventilated vehicles are required by law in temps over 30°C
calendar icon 1 August 2022
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In a recent press release, animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming urged farmers to safeguard farm animal welfare and limit journeys during extreme heat events.

Drought and high temperatures are expected to continue across Europe in the coming weeks. Such extreme temperatures create very difficult conditions for farm animals, particularly in overcrowded farms. Heat stress, no matter what stocking density, can prove fatal.

In hot weather, the transportation of farmed animals should be limited to night time only and with no long journeys to avoid heat stress, the organisation said. The law requires vehicles to be ventilated to keep temperatures below 30°C – this is clearly not possible in some conditions.

Nick Palmer, head of Compassion in World Farming UK, said extreme weather can have a serious, sometimes fatal, impact on farm animals.

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