Lesley van Eyes on Animals was ingehuurd door PMAF om mee te werken aan de PMAF/Animals´Angels training cursus voor gendarmes over de EU regelgeving betreffende de bescherming van dieren tijdens transport. De training vond plaats in de National Gendarmerie School in Fontainebleau, Frankrijk. Het doel van deze trainingen is de Franse gendarmerie te scholen om de wet op dierenwelzijn te kunnen handhaven wanneer zij veetransporten aanhouden. .
"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.