An IFA delegation led by President Tim Cullinan will be in Strasbourg today and tomorrow in advance of the EU Parliament vote on the recommendations of the ANIT Committee on live animal transport.
“Our calves are highly sought after in the European market. They are very robust and healthy, and thrive well. Our animal welfare and transport are of the highest standard, which is why there is such demand for our calves,” he said.
The IFA President said farmers expect Irish MEPs to back the amendments put forward by MEP Billy Kelleher, on behalf of the Renew Europe group which were also proposed by the EPP and S&D political groups.
IFA Livestock Chairman Brendan Golden, who is also travelling to Strasbourg, said the recommendations from the ANIT Committee in the European Parliament for live animal transport has the potential to severely impact the competitive trade in this country, including the movements of in-calf animals, which is a key trade for farmers and marts.
Brendan Golden said this approach is not acceptable and must be rejected by our MEPs when they vote in the Parliament tomorrow.
He said the unique island status of Ireland must also be recognised in any proposals in order to ensure Irish farmers continue to have unfettered access to the Single Market.
“Irish farmers support and implement the highest welfare standards in the world and this includes the strictly controlled transport of animals. Seeking to change the rules because other countries fail to implement them is not acceptable,” he said.