Heat and time limits in new transport laws
Horse & Hound|August 26, 2021
Legislation making its way through parliament is aimed at improving the welfare of horses and livestock in transit
ELEANOR JONES

THE equestrian industry has welcomed changes on journey times and conditions for horses in new animal welfare legislation – but also the fact tweaks may still be made to proposals.

Measures announced by the Government on 18 August, which will be making their way through parliament, include a ban on live export for slaughter, a maximum 12-hour journey time, eight hours if the external temperature is plus-25°C or below freezing, and a minimum of 20cm headroom. The legislation would also ban traveling horses when the external temperature is 30°C or more, unless the vehicle has a thermoregulation system, although how this will work will be part of ongoing discussions. Such systems would also allow journeys longer than eight hours outside the 0–25°C range.

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