The Minister of Agriculture Didier Guillaume banned for "a few days" the transport of animals, including exported animals, because of the scorching weather that affects the French territory, he announced Thursday.
"Animal welfare is important", says Minister of Agriculture
"Yesterday [Wednesday], I took a decree to ban the transport of animals, including animals for export, because we can not leave animals in trucks, in trains," said the minister on the BFMTV set. This measure is taken for "a few days": "we will see next week if the heat wave goes down," said Didier Guillaume. "Animal welfare is important, it had to be banned," he said.
Measures to avoid shortage of fodder
Regarding the drought affecting the farmers, the minister said think about "give permission to all farmers to mow fallows, allow them to store alfalfa, mowing hay", to avoid soaring prices of fodder. "Last year, because of this terrible heat, there are breeders who had no more stocks," the minister said.
"There was speculation, it was necessary to bring bales of Spain and during that time, there were also French who were selling outside by raising prices." So we must take precautions now ", he added.