Improving Transport with Scientific Evidence and Animal Welfare Legislation


No account yet? Register


Dr. Malcolm Mitchell, of the Roslin Institute, and Dr. Peter Kettlewell, Silsoe Research Institute, brought a wide swath of experience in commercial animal transportation to the Equine Track at the Animal Transportation Association International conference in Vancouver in March.  Although his research has been mainly in pigs and poultry–it has definite indications for horses as we seek to improve trailer design and all aspects of transport for equines.

Dr. Mitchell began his presentation with the observation that stress in transit is a major welfare issue; he pointed out that the word “WELFARE” is derived from the meaning “to travel well.”  He also reminded the audience that the first published work on mass transportation of animals was documented in the Bible as Noah’s Ark, which obviously did not meet the stocking-density and many other aspects of modern requirements for animal care and safety.


There is growing global emphasis on legislation and regulations to ensure improvements in animal welfare and all aspects of animal care, transportation, and management.  Good examples are the OIE and EU regulations and guidance codes, their prominence in the media, and their implementation in the 27 member states of the EU

Create a free account with to view this content. is home to thousands of free articles about horse health care. In order to access some of our exclusive free content, you must be signed into

Start your free account today!

Already have an account?
and continue reading.


No account yet? Register

Written by:

Rebecca Gimenez Husted, BS, PhD, is the primary instructor and president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. Her first book, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, was published in 2008. She is an internationally sought instructor in technical rescue techniques, procedures, and methodologies, and she has published numerous critiques, articles and journal submissions on horse safety, technical large animal rescue and horse handling issues.

Leave a Reply

Related Articles

Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with

FREE weekly newsletters from

Sponsored Content

Weekly Poll

sponsored by:

What lameness issues has your horse experienced? Select all that apply.
105 votes · 202 answers

Readers’ Most Popular

Sign In

Don’t have an account? Register for a FREE account here.

Need to update your account?

You need to be logged in to fill out this form

Create a free account with!