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New Animal Welfare Rules

EU agriculture ministers are expected on Monday to pass a new set of rules regulating the transport of animals.

Under Irish EU presidency, in the first half of this year, no agreement had been reached regulating the transport of animals. The current Dutch EU presidency has, however, worked out a compromise with a number of concrete improvements, which is expected to get the backing of a qualified majority of EU ministers' votes in Monday's meeting. A mandatory satellite navigation control system for transport by road must be installed by 2009, according to the Dutch proposal. Stricter requirements for long distance transport and better training of drivers are also included. The number of hours allowed for transporting animals has however not been reduced, which is something animal welfare organizations had requested. (EUobserver.com)

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