Can farm animals be killed without pain?

Ordinance on the protection of animals during transport (Tierschutztransportverordnung - TierSchTrV)

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revised by B. v. 06/11/1999 Federal Law Gazette I p. 1337; repealed by ยง 23 V. v. February 11, 2009 Federal Law Gazette I p. 375
Valid from 01.03.1997; FNA: 7833-3-12 Animal Welfare
2 earlier versions | is quoted in 3 regulations

Section 3 Special regulations for the protection of farm animals

Section 26 Sick or injured farm animals

Section 27 Livestock that cannot be transported

Section 28 Sick or injured farm animals prior to transport

Section 29 Farm animals that are sick or injured during transport


Section 3 Special regulations for the protection of farm animals

Section 26 Sick or injured farm animals


Section 26 is quoted in 2 provisions


Sick or injured farm animals may only be transported for slaughter if this is necessary to avoid further pain, suffering or damage, unless the animals are unfit for transport.


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Section 27 Livestock unable to be transported


Section 27 is quoted in 2 provisions


(1) Farm animals are unfit for transport if, due to their illness or injury, they are unable to get into the means of transport on their own without painful driving aids or whose condition indicates that they will not leave it again on their own can. In particular, are unfit for transport


1.
Fixed farm animals and farm animals that cannot walk or can only walk with severe pain after straddling,

2.
Farm animals with limb or pelvic fractures or other fractures that make movement very difficult or cause severe pain.

Sentences 1 and 2 do not apply to fixed farm animals which, due to their low body weight, can be carried by a person onto the means of transport without causing pain, suffering or harm. In addition, livestock in particular are considered unfit for transport that

1.
have big, deep wounds

2.
have profuse bleeding

3.
show a severely disturbed general condition or

4.
obviously suffer from persistent severe pain for a long time.

(2) If there are any doubts about the transportability of a sick or injured livestock, a veterinarian must be consulted. If the latter determines the transportability, he has to certify this in writing.


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Section 28 Sick or injured farm animals prior to transport


Section 28 is quoted in 4 provisions


(1) The sender and the transport driver must ensure that sick or injured livestock are transported with the greatest possible care. The livestock may only be transported to the slaughterhouse that can be reached as quickly as possible for slaughtering sick or injured livestock. As a rule, the transport should not exceed two hours. It is forbidden to transport sick or injured livestock for longer than three hours. Notwithstanding sentence 4, livestock originating from islands on which there is no slaughterhouse according to sentence 2 may be transported for up to five hours.


(2) If necessary, suitable facilities, in particular lifting platforms or demarcations on means of transport, are to be used to avoid exposure of the livestock


1.
the sender when driving and transporting within the company of origin,

2.
the transport driver during loading and transport.

(3) The sender or the carrier, if he arranges the slaughter, must ensure that sick or injured livestock are only transported if it is ensured that they are slaughtered immediately after arrival at the slaughterhouse.


(4) If a sick or injured livestock cannot leave the means of transport on its own without painful driving aids, the transport driver must ensure that it is immediately slaughtered in the means of transport or otherwise killed there. The location of the livestock must not be changed unless


1.
to give him relief,

2.
to enable emergency slaughter or other killing, or

3.
on veterinary orders.

Sentences 1 and 2 do not apply to livestock which, due to their low body weight, can be carried out of the means of transport by a person without causing pain, suffering or damage.

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Section 29 Farm animals that are sick or injured during transport


Section 29 is quoted in 3 provisions


If a farm animal becomes so seriously ill or injured so seriously during transport that further transport would place considerable stress on the animal, the transport driver must ensure that it is immediately given veterinary treatment or that it is emergency slaughtered in the means of transport or otherwise killed. Section 28 (4) applies accordingly.


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