Animal Welfare Act of Republic of Poland (August 21, 1997)
Art.5. Every animal requires humane treatment
Art. 6.1. The inhumane killing of animals, killing them without
purpose or cruelty to animals is forbidden.
2. Cruelty to animals should be understood to mean the infliction
of pain or suffering or consciously allowing the infliction
of pain and suffering, and especially:
1) infliction of injuries for a purpose not allowed by the
law on experimentation on animals
2) experimentation on animals which breaks regulations of
3) purposely using sick animals for work, sport or entertainment,
including injured and lame animals, or forcing them to perform
4) Hitting animals with hard and sharp objects or objects
made to cause extraordinary pain; hitting their head, belly
or lower parts of their legs.
5) Overloading animals with weights not appropriate for them
6) Transporting animals - including farm animals, animals
destined for slaughter and animals destined for market - by
carrying them or making them walk in such a way that causes
unnecessary suffering or stress
7) Tightly tethering animals in such a way that causes them
to remain in an unnatural position, causing unnecessary pain,
injury or death.
ORDINANCE BY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND MARITIME ECONOMY
OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND
of June 30, 1998
on specific rules and conditions of carriage of animals
(Journal of Laws No. entry 552)
Para. 1 1.The Ordinance determines:
1) specific rules and conditions for the carriage of animals;
2) maximum duration of carriage times for given animal species
and age groups.
Provisions of the Ordinance do not apply to:
1) animals carried by means of transport designed for carriage
of people, when under care of those people;
2) single animals carried over a distance shorter than 50
3) non-commercial carriage of animals, including breeders
using their own vehicles for the seasonal transfer of animals.
Para. 2 The following terms used in the Ordinance shall mean:
1) means of transport - a vehicle (group of vehicles) designed
to move by road, a rail vehicle, a sea-going vessel or one
for inland shipping and an aircraft, also a container or a
portable box for the carriage of animals;
2) carriage - carriage of animals by means of transport, including
the loading and discharging of animals and stopovers
3) stopover - a break in the carriage at a specified location
used for animal feeding and watering, foul matter removal
and other service activities
4) caretaker - a person taking care of the animals and guarding
them during carriage, responsible for handling the animals,
feeding and watering them and performing other service activities.
1. It is the responsibility of the carrier and consignor of
the animals to organise carriage in such a way that it does
not inflict injuries or unnecessary suffering of any animal.
2. The consignor shall provide the caretaker with detailed
instructions on how the animals should be guarded and taken
care of during carriage.