Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Appendix A

Animal Welfare Act of Republic of Poland (August 21, 1997) states:

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 this Act
3) purposely using sick animals for work, sport or entertainment, including injured and lame animals, or forcing them to perform painful activities
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.


of June 30, 1998
on specific rules and conditions of carriage of animals
(Journal of Laws No. entry 552)

Chapter 1
General provisions

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 km;
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.

Para. 3.
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.