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It is based on EURCAW-Pigs “Review of climate control and space allowance during transport of pigs<\/a>”. Two key areas are particularly relevant for the welfare of pigs during transport and are therefore important to focus on during inspections, i.e. Climate control and Space allowance.<\/p>

Each EURCAW-Pigs dossier is divided in the following 5 items: 'Legislation', ‘Welfare indicators’, ‘knowledge’, 'Inspiring examples', and 'Training courses'.<\/em><\/p>

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Since 1991, the EU has provided a common legal framework on animal transport which was then updated byCouncil Regulation (EC) No 1/2005<\/a> on the protection of animals during transport. It came into effect on the 1st of January 2007, and aims to provide a level playing field for operators while ensuring sufficient protection for the animals being transported.<\/p>

A description on the specific requirements - as paraphrases from the regulation - is given in EURCAW-Pigs’ review of climate control and space allowance during transport of pigs<\/a>.<\/p>

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In EURCAW-Pigs’Review of climate control and space allowance during transport of pigs<\/a>, suggestions for improved practises for each of two key areas are provided:<\/p>

Climate/thermal control<\/strong>: <\/p>

A good body condition is required to act as both an insulator and an additional energy reserve for creating body heat in cold temperatures<\/strong>. In cold weather, recommendations include, e.g., provision of additional bedding or insulation, increasing weather protection for animals on vehicles, delaying the journey until there are warmer temperatures.<\/p>

Pigs have a very limited number of sweat glands, and therefore the major way pigs thermoregulate is via behavioural adaptation. In hot weather<\/strong>, recommendations include, e.g. increasing the space allowance by at least 30%, being able to access sources of water, provision of electrolyte solutions (required on long journeys), use of showers, sprinklers or spraying systems, when the temperature is over 25 °C.<\/p>

Space allowance<\/strong>:<\/p>

Pigs may be motivated to lie down during transport, and after some time, they will do so if they have enough space. Following Council Regulation EC 1/2005 {Annex I, Chapter VII, D. Pigs}: “all pigs must at least be able to lie down and stand up in their natural position.” In order to comply with these requirements, the loading density<\/strong> for pigs of around 100 kg has been specified as not exceeding 235 kg/m² (0.43 m²/pig weighing 100 kg).<\/p>

The space above the animal<\/strong> (deck height) should be enough to ensure a normal standing position of the animal during transport. Additionally, deck height is important to ensure proper ventilation. SCAHAW<\/a><\/a> recommends that in non-ventilated vehicles 30 cm should be available above the withers, and 15 cm in ventilated vehicles. A minimum ceiling height should also be provided to rescue animals in emergencies.<\/p>

In the next section, welfare indicators are described, helping to identify welfare issues.<\/p>

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Assessment of welfare of pigs<\/h2>

Indicators to assess climate/thermal control<\/strong>:<\/p>