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01.12.2010 Theory and practical training of the French gendarmes, police and official veterinarians in Limoges
Lesley from Eyes on Animals was contracted out by the organization Animals' Angels to offer a training workshop to 35 French gendarmes, highway police, and official veterinarians in the department 87 in France. In the morning Lesley and her French colleague Jessica, from PMAF, presented the EU legislation providing protection to animals during transport. In the afternoon the participants and trainers headed out onto the road to stop and inspect livestock trucks heading towards the local slaughterhouse. One chauffeur was in violation for not having any proper documentation concerning the consignment of animals. As well, he did not have a certificate of competence to transport live animals. The French officials gave him a ticket (P.V) which will be followed up on by the public prosecutor. Fortunately all the animals we checked on this afternoon were in a good condition.
35 official participants came to the training workshop
During an inspection of one livestock truck it was
detected that important documents (Type 1 and
certificate of competence) were missing.
Training highway police france
"A law is only as effective as its enforcement"
The European animal transport legislation was created with the aim of preventing animal suffering during transport. Unfortunately in practice, this legislation is still too often ignored , resulting in animals forced to endure crowded conditions, lack of water and food, injuryand exhaustion. . Once an animal truck leaves its place of loading, it can be hours and even days before the animals arrive at their destination. During these long journeys, there are sadly no routine inspections. The animals in transit urgently need the highway police throughout Europe to get involved. They have the authority to stop livestock trucks on the road and fine the perpetrator. Unfortunately, the highway police do not learn about the animal transport laws in their standard curriculum. This is why we offer the trainings to them ourselves.
Lesley Moffat, currently Director of Eyes on Animals, started this training program in France in 2004 while working as an animal transport investigator for Animals´ Angels. To date, over 1200 French highway police have gone through the training and hundreds of livestock trucks have been inspected and fined. Lesley from Eyes on Animals continues to run this program for Animals´ Angels in France.