Jersey introduces new animal transport rules

Businesses transporting animals to and from Jersey will have to get authorisation from the environment department in future.

The regulations mean anyone moving animals for commercial reasons will have to meet new safety conditions.

The rules apply to journeys lasting eight hours or more and will require drivers to be specially trained.

States vet Linda Lowseck said the rules would bring the island up to international standards.

She said drivers and attendants will also have to carry certificates of competence.

Ms Lowseck said the rules do not affect people carrying animals in vehicles around the island.

She said the authorisation will last five years and help make sure animal welfare is put first in line with laws in place in the EU since 2007.

There are two different types of authorisation; one for short journeys and one for long journeys.

For long journeys transporting cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and members of the horse family, vehicles need to be specially designed, made and operated to avoid injury and suffering to the animals.

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