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The Council of the European Union adopted a Regulation on 22 December 2004 on the protection of animals during transport, which helps to safeguard animal welfare by radically improving the enforcement of animal transport rules in the EU.

The Regulation amounts to a radical overhaul of existing EU rules on animal transport and identifies the chain of involvement in animal transport, defining "who is responsible for what" and thus making for more effective enforcement of the new rules.

The Regulation has more efficient monitoring tools, such as checks on vehicles via a satellite navigation system as from 2007. It also has much stricter rules for journeys of more than 8 hours, including a substantial upgrading of vehicle standards.