Atria's animal transportation is handled by our contract drivers. The most important duty of the driver and the transportation plan is to guarantee a peaceful and stress-free journey. All of our drivers have been trained in handling animals and in driving peacefully and economically. All of them have completed a test required by the training and they hold valid animal transportation licences. The trained driver is responsible for animal welfare throughout the journey. Official veterinarians monitor animal transportation vehicles at slaughterhouses, as well as overseeing the unloading of animals from vehicles and the driver's actions.
The journey is restful for animals. Animals may become stressed during loading and unloading. For this reason, the number of animals is minimised by employing good transportation planning. Animals are transported in vehicles with appropriate ventilation and, if necessary, heating systems to ensure appropriate transportation conditions, both at freezing winter temperatures and during summer heatwaves. If necessary, the animals are fed and all of the vehicles are equipped with drinking pipes to ensure the availability of water. Insofar as is possible, the animals travel in the same familiar group from home to the slaughterhouse.