More than 600,000 signatures of support have already been collected, and meanwhile new activities have been launched to achieve an end to long-distance journeys for animals sent for slaughter in the European Union.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are being invited to express their support for the campaign by signing the petition.

Screen shot from the MEP space on animal welfare website

8hours website

Some of them have also produced statements and had their photo taken holding the 8hours poster.

31 MEPs are already listed on the dedicated page of the website.

In October the European Commission is expected to publish its report on the effects of Regulation 1/2005 ‘on the protection of animals during transport’. That will generate a new discussion on whether the present rules are compatible with animal welfare needs.

One million signatures are expected to be presented to the European Commission by the end of this year.

Please sign online at and ask your friends and contacts to support 8hours too. On the 8hours home page you will also find petition forms to print out, available in 16 languages.