Eyes on Animals inspectors met with Veetrans. Veetrans is a quality assurance program set up for livestock transport companies to join that agree to abide by stricter animal welfare rules during transport. Eyes on Animals commends the people behind Veetrans for taking this initiative and is an example of industry itself trying to make improvements. Many companies are still not members of Veetrans, but Eyes on Animals will encourage them to do so. Only when everyone agrees to respect animal welfare equally and properly will animals suffer less, and decent companies no longer have to lose the competition for competing with bad companies for business
All farmed animals are transported at least once in their lifetime. Journeys can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few weeks. Transport is known to be one of the most stressful experiences for animals. They are moved from a familiar territory to a new one and are held often under very crowded conditions. They get separated from each other and mixed with unfamiliar animals, which can lead to stress and fighting. Sometimes there is no water and feed available or the animals cannot reach it. Animals that wish to lie down during the journey are at risk of being trampled by the others. Sometimes conditions on board are very cold or very hot, leading to animals dying from hypothermia and suffocation. There are laws in place to prevent these types of problems, but there is very little official inspection during the journey to check if these laws are respected. Eyes on Animals regularly trails and checks livestock transport consignments to see if the welfare of the animals is respected during transit.