Transportation is inherently stressful for farm animals even in the best circumstances. Animals in transit are especially vulnerable to disease, injury, fatigue, weather extremes and rough handling. The ASPCA advocates the following welfare improvements during transit:

  • Minimizing stocking densities and travel times
  • Ensuring proper ventilation
  • Improving and enforcing regulations such as those that limit travel times and those that require animals to be in good health during transit. This includes applying the 28 Hour Law to poultry
  • Protecting animals from inclement weather and adverse environmental conditions such as excessive heat or cold
  • Having alternate plans in place for unexpected changes in routing or schedule, including access to food , water and rest at appropriate intervals
  • Developing appropriate response mechanisms for when accidents occur
  • Using electronic logs to ensure drivers are properly rested
  • Worker training and education programs for all parties handling animals, including basic medical and first aid training